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L.A. Metro Expected to Approve 2017 Bike-Share Expansion

Photo: Joe Linton/ Streetsblog L.A.

At its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, the Metro board of directors is expected to vote on final approvals for the 2017 Metro Bike Share expansion. In October 2016, the Metro board approved funding for bike-share expansion in three locations: Pasadena, Venice, and the Port of Los Angeles.

The latest staff report (in attachments A and B) lists the tentative locations for each area:

Pasadena - tentative locations:

    1. Huntington Hospital
    2. Marengo Ave. at Green Street
    3. Colorado Blvd at Garfield Ave (Paseo Colorado)
    4. Garfield Ave at Holly Street
    5. Pasadena Library at Walnut
    6. Orange Grove Blvd at Walnut Street
    7. Fair Oaks Ave at Peoria Street
    8. E Union Street at Lake Ave
    9. Lake Ave at Del Mar Blvd
    10. Lake Ave at California Blvd
    11. Chester Ave at Cordova Ave
    12. Colorado Blvd at Bonnie Ave
    13. Raymond Ave at Fillmore Street
    14. MTA ROW at Holly Street
    15. Lake Ave at Maple Ave
    16. Allen Ave at Corson Street
    17. Raymond Ave at Del Mar Blvd
    18. Green St at Hill Ave
    19. Pasadena Ave at Dayton Street
    20. Oakland Ave at Union Street
    21. Lake Ave at Merrett Drive
    22. Madison Ave at Green Street
    23. Wilson Ave at San Pasqual Street
    24. Oak Knoll Ave at Colorado Blvd
    25. Wilson Ave at Colorado Blvd
    26. MTA ROW at Colorado Blvd
    27. Fair Oaks Ave at Mountain Street
    28. Lake Ave at Cordova Street
    29. Mercantile Alley
    30. Bellevue at Arroyo Parkway
    31. Cordova Street at Los Robles Ave
    32. Rose Bowl
    33. Caltech East

Venice - tentative locations:

    1. Venice Blvd at Abbott Kinney Blvd
    2. Venice Blvd at Pisani Place
    3. Abott Kinney Blvd at California Ave
    4. Abott Kinney Blvd at Cadiz Ct
    5. Abott Kinney Blvd at Westminister Ave
    6. Washington Blvd at Pacific Ave
    7. Washington Blvd at Strongs Ave
    8. Washington Blvd at Dell Ave
    9. Washington Blvd at Abbot Kinney Blvd
    10. Venice Blvd At Walgrove Ave
    11. Venice Blvd At Lincoln Blvd
    12. California Ave at Lincoln Blvd
    13. Rose Ave at 7th Ave
    14. Rose Ave at Rennie Ave
    15. Rose Ave at Main Street
    16. Ocean Front Walk at N. Venice Blvd
    17. N Venice Blvd at Pacific Ave
    18. Windward Ave at Windward Circle
    19. Main Street at Winward Circle
    20. 7th Ave at San Juan Ave
    21. Ocean Front Walk at Navy Street
    22. Downtown Santa Monica Expo Line Station
    23. 17th Street SMC Expo Line Station

Port of Los Angeles - tentative locations:

    1. Swinford Street and N Front Street
    2. Catalina Express site
    3. USS Iowa
    4. 6th Street and Sampson Way
    5. Crafted at 22nd Street
    6. Ports O'Call at Nagoya Way
    7. Doubletree Hotel via Cabrillo-Marina/Doubletree driveway
    8. Cabrillo Beach
    9. Wilmington Waterfront Park (West)
    10. Wilmington Waterfront Park (East)
    11. Banning Landing: S Avalon Blvd and Water Street

This week's anticipated approval consists of several interrelated actions:

    • Finding that this bike-share expansion qualifies for a categorical exemption under CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) law
    • Finding that this bike-share expansion does not violate federal civil rights law
    • Reclassifying already-approved pre-launch related costs (which increases the overall life-of-project budget)

At last week's committee meetings, approval of this item was uncontroversial. Boardmember and Glendale City Councilmember Ara Najarian requested assurance that this approval does not allocate any additional funding. It does not. Boardmember and L.A. City Councilmember Paul Krekorian inquired as to Metro's plans for 2018 expansion, specifically expressing his interest in expansion to the San Fernando Valley, which he represents. Metro staff responded that they are currently reviewing possible 2018 expansions and anticipate bringing proposals to the board this fall.

If approved tomorrow, bikes should be on the ground this summer.

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