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Beverly Hills News – City Seeks Volunteers To Test Bike Share Pilot Program

Santa Monica has already established a bike share program citywide.

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – 11:55 AM

By Victoria Talbot

The City of Beverly Hills will begin testing a pilot bike-sharing program next week and is seeking volunteers to ride the bikes and provide feedback on their experience. 

The program will feature 50 “smart bikes” with technology that will allow a rider to pick up a cycle at one docking rack and drop it off at the other one, with 10 locations throughout the City. 

The SocialBicycles smart phone app enables the user to docking stations where they can reserve a bike. When launched, the bikes can be returned to any Beverly Hills Bike Share rack for free or for a small fee, to any public bike rack. 

A pilot bike share program is scheduled to roll out beginning in April as part of the City’s Earth Month celebration. 

Feb. 22 through Apr. 22, the City will be testing the program with volunteers who can ride the bikes for up to 60 minutes daily and then drop them at a docking station located at City Hall near the northeast entrance on N. Crescent Dr. at S. Santa Monica Blvd. and adjacent to the Wells Fargo Bank on the southwest corner of N. Camden Dr. and S. Santa Monica Blvd.

The efforts are part of a regional effort to provide alternative transportation and to link users to public transportation. Santa Monica has already started an extensive bike share program throughout their City, as have many Cities throughout the US and the world.

For more information visit www.BeverlyHillsBikeShare.com. To volunteer, email transportation@beverlyhills.org or call Transportation Planning at (310) 285-1161.

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