Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has just announced that the city will open its own bicycle sharing system. The 4,000-bike, 400-station system will be rolled out over two years, likely beginning in late 2012.
“It’s an opportunity to use bikes to a greater degree than we have in the past, and just to give people an alternative to the single person automobile, says Villaraigosa. He’s hoping the new system, along with the expansion of bike lanes and the public transit system will change the way the city moves. “This is a city that’s realized that it’s got to move on.”
Unlike systems in many other cities, L.A.’s bike sharing system will be implemented, operated and funded by a private company. Bike Nation, the L.A.-based company..
“airless tires and a chain-free design”???
LA is so ahead of San Diego already.. If Nathan Fletcher, the only bike-friendly mayoral candidate, doesn’t get elected, I’ll have even more motive to move.