L.A. Metro Rail—Trains and Bikes—Did You Know How Your Tax $$ is Spent?

When you voted to tax yourself for expensive trains, bet you did not know that part of the money was actually going for government owned bikes.  In Pasadena and the Port of Los Angeles the Metro system—which gets approximately 15% of its operating costs from the fare box—the rest is tax dollars subsidizing the massive deficits—the government is going to provide bikes to run around on—as if it will make a dent in anything.

I just came back from a vacation in Rome, Paris and London—Paris has almost no bike lanes and the other cities bikes are of minimal use or minimally used.  Waste of tax dollars in Europe, waste of tax dollars in Los Angeles—oh, and more bikers are being hit by cars in L.A.—an epidemic.  Looks like Metro wants to kill off our tourists.

“The Port of LA is a great location for these bikes. The attractions are placed fairly far apart—those long stretches may tempt visitors to get in their cars to shuttle among them.

Placing bike hubs on the San Pedro waterfront will make even more sense as the area’s many planned projects are completed. There’s the vast, 35-acre ocean science research facility in the works for City Dock No. 1 and a huge makeover for the Ports O’ Call Village—set to begin construction this year—that will have the kitschy spot looking like Disneyland meets the Santa Monica Pier.

If bikes were a good investment, private industry would provide the market.  Instead, it is a massive money loser—so the taxpayers subsidize bikers instead of more police or better education.  What a waste of resources—bet you did not know about this.

Photo courtesy of skew-t, flickr

Photo courtesy of skew-t, flickr

Bike share coming to Pasadena and Port of LA in July

More than a dozen bike hubs will be placed on the waterfront

by Bianca Barragan, LA Curbed,  5/31/17

The expansion of Metro’s bike share program into Pasadena has been anticipated for months, and now we’re learning that not only will July bring the black-and-neon-green bikes to Pasadena but to the Port of LA.

KPCC reports that 13 stations will open along the approximately two-mile-long stretch of the waterfront close to such attractions as the Battleship Iowa, the L.A. Maritime Museum, and the Ports O’ Call Village. There will also be three stations in Wilmington, including one each at both ends of Wilmington Waterfront Park.

The Port of LA is a great location for these bikes. The attractions are placed fairly far apart—those long stretches may tempt visitors to get in their cars to shuttle among them.

Placing bike hubs on the San Pedro waterfront will make even more sense as the area’s many planned projects are completed. There’s the vast, 35-acre ocean science research facility in the works for City Dock No. 1 and a huge makeover for the Ports O’ Call Village—set to begin construction this year—that will have the kitschy spot looking like Disneyland meets the Santa Monica Pier.

Metro’s bike share station map shows that Pasadena’s 34 bike stations will be unveiled on July 14, with the Port’s bike stations following on July 31. Venice will get its bike hubs later this year, and Culver City might team up with LA to put hubs in next year.

The Metro bike share program launched less than a year ago.

 

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