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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Tell ‘Em Where You Want ‘Em

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Looks like this one has already been modified since August when picture was taken. There were a lot of people who thought what is shown was unnecessary. Both stands are on Park Ave at Ocean Front Walk.

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Many Venetians have been upset with the Ride Share bike placements in Venice.  So okay, Venetians. Now’s Your chance to tell ‘em where to put them.

Metro is partnering with the City of Los Angeles to expand bike share into Venice in Summer 2017, making it easier and more convenient to get around the Westside without a car.

Bike share is a form of public transit in which bicycles are available for check out 24/7 for short, point-to-point transportation trips. Pick up a bike at the station nearest you and drop it off at the station closest to your destination. There is no need to bring a lock or a light with you – simply check out a bike and go!

While the possible uses for bike share are infinite, example trip types that bike share is appropriate for include:

  • Connecting to a bus or train that doesn’t quite reach your destination
  • Going to meetings or out to lunch during the work day
  • Running errands around the neighborhood
  • Linking trips that would be too far to walk to

The Venice program of Metro Bike Share will feature up to 15 stations and 150-200 bicycles. Metro is looking for community suggestions on where those stations should be located. To provide ideas for bike share station locations, visit https://bikeshare.metro.net/venice/. On this map you can directly provide suggestions for new stations by dropping a pin at the desired location or comment on stations others have suggested, explaining why you like or dislike the idea. The deadline for community suggestions and comments is Friday, January 6, 2017.

When thinking about station locations, consider the below criteria that will be used to evaluate the feasibility of a station:

  • Connectivity – Connections to transit hubs and key destinations
  • Space Availability – Wide sidewalks, plazas, and parking spaces
  • Accessibility – Stations should be visible and easy to get to 24/7
  • Sun – Sunny spots are best since stations run on solar power
  • Demand and Support – Stations should be located where people will use them

After the suggestion and comment period closes on January 6, Metro and LADOT will evaluate each submission and release a second map with feasible station suggestions for review and comment. Input received on both maps will be used to determine the proposed stations. At this time, there are no proposed stations by Metro or the City, just community-suggested.

 

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