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Metro Bikes for Free for the Entire Month of May

Metro Bikes for Free for the Entire Month of May

Here’s How to Ride Metro Bikes for Free for the Entire Month of May

About a year ago, our city joined the ranks of places like London and New York and Chattanooga and got a bike share—you know, those docking stations downtown that are filled with bikes you can rent for short periods of time.

Monthly passes typically cost $20, BUT because it is (apparently?) “Bike Month,” Metro is offering them for free. Here’s how to get one: Sign up online and use the promo code BIKEMONTH17 at checkout. You can choose to have a new bike share TAP card mailed to you, or you can add it to a Metro TAP card you already have.

RELATED: Everything You Need to Know About L.A.’s New Bike Share

Now, here’s the important part. Just because the pass is free doesn’t mean you get unlimited access to the bikes. All trips for 30 minutes or less (between when you check out a bike and when you dock it at another station) won’t cost you anything, but trips longer than that will cost $1.75 per half hour.

Also, note that after your first free month, you’ll be charged $20 for every month thereafter unless you switch off auto-renewing. To do that, login to your account on the Metro Bike website, and uncheck the auto-renewing button in the bottom right corner of the page.

Thomas Harlander is a staff writer at Los Angeles magazine. You can follow him on Twitter andInstagram. He recently wrote: This Might Be the Best Argument for More Bike Lanes

Day of Remembrance Road Concert – November 20, 2016 @ Downtown LA

Day of Remembrance Road Concert

Site-specific works along 1st, Spring, 9th and Main in Downtown Los Angeles

LADOT joins local partners and the national Vision Zero Network in honoring Sunday, November 20 as the World Day of Remembrance for the victims of traffic fatalities. LADOT’s Artist-in-Residence Alan Nakagawa has partnered with the Vision Zero Alliance and L.A. Road Concerts to put on a series of public outdoor art showings featuring Los Angeles artists. These art pieces will raise awareness to the issue of traffic violence, and the fact that #speedkills. As part of the campaign, a new interactive National Speed Fatality Map will be released on November 17, to highlight the significant and distressing role that speed plays in traffic deaths and injuries in the U.S. The Vision Zero Network and the National Coalition for Safer Roads and will make these maps available for viewing on their respective websites.

You can learn more about the day’s activities by visiting the Facebook event here.

PUBLIC HEARING: LAX Terminal 1.5 Project – NOTICE OF BOARD OF AIRPORT COMMISOINERS PUBLIC HEARING Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminal 1.5 Project (City Clerk #NG-16-274-AD)

PUBLIC HEARING: LAX Terminal 1.5 Project

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminal 1.5 Project
(City Clerk #NG-16-274-AD)

The Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director (Executive Director) of the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), in accordance with the provisions of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Specific Plan (Ordinance No. 184348), Section 7, LAX Plan Compliance Review; has reviewed the proposed Terminal 1.5 Project (Proposed Project) for LAX Plan Compliance.

As a result of this review, the Executive Director has found (1) that the Proposed Project is consistent with the LAX Plan, any design guidelines required by the LAX Plan, and all applicable provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). and, that the applicable measures contained in the LAX Master Plan Mitigation, Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP) or identified in any subsequent environmental review have been incorporated into the proposed project to the extent feasible.

Based upon these findings, the Executive Director recommends that the Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) and the Los Angeles City Council grant the request for LAX Plan Compliance approval for the Proposed Project. If BOAC agrees with the recommendation, it shall make the same findings referenced above and recommend to the City Council that it approve the request for LAX Plan Compliance. BOAC intends to consider this recommendation at a meeting to be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 10:30 AM, at 1 World Way, Los Angeles, California. At that time, BOAC will also consider adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) and MMRP for the Proposed Project, as well as approval of the Proposed Project.

Project Description
The Proposed Project would construct a structure on an open area between Terminal 1 and 2 at LAX to improve existing passenger processing, improve passenger quality of service, and provide additional space to help meet federal security requirements. The Proposed Project would include passenger and baggage screening, ticketing, and baggage claim facilities in support of existing operations within Terminal 1 and 2; a secure passenger connection (i.e.. enclosed/controlled corridor) between existing Terminal 1 and 2; and office and support space. The Terminal 1.5 Project and environmental documents are available online on LAWA’s website at

Project Timeline

  • July 21, 2016 – Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration and LAX Plan Compliance Review (Comment period began July 21, 2016 and ended August 10, 2016)

BOAC Hearing
At the time and place set forth below, the BOAC will hold a Public Hearing at which it will consider LAX Plan Compliance Approval for the Proposed Project, adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation and Monitoring and Reporting Program and Project Approval

December 1, 2016, 10:30 AM
Samuel Greenberg Board Room 107
Clifton A. Moore Administration Building
Los Angeles International Airport
1 World Way, Los Angeles. California 90045

Comments may be presented orally or in writing at the public hearing. Written comments also will be accepted until 5:00 PM on (November 28, 2016). Written comments must be submitted by email (prefered) or mail to:

Angelica Espiritu, City Planner
Los Angeles World Airports
Entitlement and Environmental Clearance
P.O. Box 92216, Los Angeles, CA 90009-2216

The agenda for the public hearing will be posted 72-hours prior to the public hearing date and can be accessed online at The Public Hearing and parking facilities are wheelchair-accessible. Sign Language interpreters, assistive listening devices, and other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided, if requested a minimum of 72-hours prior to the public hearing, by calling the LAX Stakeholder Liaison Office at (800) 919-3766.

Go Metro to L.A. County GIS Day at Grand Park


Go Metro to L.A. County GIS Day at Grand Park

GIS Day is celebrated internationally every third Wednesday of November as part of National Geography Awareness Week. It provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

L.A. County GIS Day will be held at Grand Park on Nov. 16. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop by to learn more about how the county, government agencies, private companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations use GIS in emergency response, social services and administration to make life better in Los Angeles County.

To get to Grand Park, take the Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station. There are also multiple bus lines serving the area, as well as Metro Bike Share. (Metro)

Metro Bike Share comes to the Port of Los Angeles


Metro Bike Share comes to the Port of Los Angeles

Getting from place to place along the LA Waterfront is about to get a little easier – and a lot more fun.

The Port of Los Angeles, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), has been given the green light by the LA Board of Harbor Commissioners to expand the Metro Bike Share program to the 12-mile LA Waterfront by next summer. The vote clears the way for consideration by the LA County Metro Board, which is expected to vote on the proposal soon.

“Bike Share at the Port of Los Angeles will offer a new, fun and environmentally friendly way to explore and experience the LA Waterfront and its many attractions,” said Doane Liu, deputy executive director at the Port of Los Angeles. “This new program will provide another transportation option for residents and visitors to consider, which will have the added benefit of reducing local traffic and parking congestion too.”

The LA Waterfront Bike Share will include 11 stations to start, eight in San Pedro and three in Wilmington, with approximately 10 shareable bikes per station. Payment kiosks at each station will allow riders to use either their Metro TAP card or credit card to pay, with costs varying depending on the option selected. (Click here to continue reading)

Mobility Workshop on July 28

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Mobility Workshop
July 28, 2016, 8am to 12noon
Laemmle North Hollywood

Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities


Please join us at the 2016 San Fernando Valley Council of Governments Mobility Workshop as we hear from expert speakers from Academia, Business, & Government as they discuss the future of mobility and how to advance local priorities for the SFVCOG region. Attendees will gain insight into working as a community to promote local priorities, how to work as a region, and what’s coming for the future of mobility in our region.


Who Should Attend:
This workshop is designed for Elected Officials, City Staff, Regional Transportation Advocates, and regional civic leaders.

Laemmle’s NoHo 7 is located just a block south of the NoHo Red Line and Orange Line Stations.

Parking is located in the 11144 Weddington Street structure located a half block East of Lankershim. Please make sure to bring your parking ticket with you into the theatre to obtain a validation. Parking is $2.00 for three hours with a theatre validation and $1.50 each 15 minutes thereafter.

(Check back often as speakers are added to the agenda!)


8am Registration & Breakfast

8:30am Welcome 

8:45am Keynote

9:15am Panel 1

Regional Disruptors: How mobility is and will continue to change with new ways of looking at old modes

10,000 more bikes? Robo-Taxis? No one owning their own cars? Bikes and cars aren’t new, and neither is how we use them… but that is changing very rapidly. This panel will look at the benefits and challenges of an expanded Bike share system, car and ride share services, and autonomous vehicles (self-driving cars). How these systems interact with existing and planned infrastructure make implementation sometimes uncertain. Looking at new ways of using our region’s streets will elucidate the path to the not-so-distant future.

10:30am Panel 2

Amplifying Regional Voices: How to increase the voices in the mobility discussion and advance the idea of mobility for the region

This panel discussion will examine the notion that voices in the regional mobility conversation can be expanded so that all are speaking with a coordinated voice.  This panel will share strategies with the attendees to engage more and diverse voices in the discussion of mobility for the region and will help explain the process of making your voice heard and working with diverse partners.

11:30am Closing Keynote

12pm Dismissal

LADOT Video: Mobility Minute #3 – Tour Bus Zones

LADOT Video: Mobility Minute #3 – Tour Bus Zones

Ever wondered how all those tourists find the right bus or van to board for their visit in Los Angeles. Well guess no longer…take a look at how LADOT approves and installs tour bus zones. Our engineers, designers and field crews make it all happen.

Weigh in on LA County’s Transit Future – Monday, April 11, 2016

Weigh in on LA County’s Transit Future


LOS ANGELES –  Metro is hosting public meetings across LA County to share details of a proposed measure for the November 2016 ballot that aims to raise as much as $120 billion for new highway, bus and rail projects in LA County. The plan will enhance mobility, ease congestion, keep the economy moving and lead to a better quality of life and improve transportation for the next generation of Angelenos. The meetings kick off on Monday in the San Fernando Valley.

Monday, April 11, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center

6262 Van Nuys Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 91401

For a complete list of meetings, lasting through the end of April, and to read more about the proposed measure, visit

Follow the Money at LAX

Follow the Money at LAX

Check out the Wall Street Journal’s great profile of The City Controller’s new LAX interactive dashboard. Users can explore a real-time noise map, what LAX buys, and data on traffic, passenger experience, and more.

“You can see how the money is spent, check salaries of airport employees, chart car rentals by month and see maps of noise impact and rankings of airports world-wide showing LAX lagging. It opens up the inner workings of a major airport as never before.” Click here for some Fun Facts from the LAX Checkbook!

Click here to read the Wall Street Journal article.
Click here to explore the LAX interactive dashboard.

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