City employees to use bicycles around town

Independent Staff Report

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city is launching a new employee bike share program.

The pilot program makes 10 bicycles available to city employees to borrow on a short-term basis to take work-related trips without using a car, as well as to commute between City Hall and local satellite parking garages.

The launch event March 25 provided city employees with safety training and an opportunity to test-ride the bikes.

The eco-friendly program promotes a healthy form of alternative transportation, a city spokesperson said. The program is designed to encourage employees to use bicycles rather than cars to move around the city and will help city employees reach off-site satellite parking lots during construction of the city’s automated parking garage and community plaza at City Hall.

Groups such as the West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition have helped to spark interest in bicycling in the city, the spokesperson said.

The city has invested in bike lanes and added bike sharrows to indicate to motorists and cyclists when a roadway is a shared space. It also has increased the availability of bike racks for parking.

In addition, the city is in the process of updating its bicycle and pedestrian mobility plan, which evaluates and recommends improvements to the city’s existing bicycle network and facilities based on current best practices, emerging and innovative design strategies and community input.

The city also is pursuing development of a citywide bikeshare program for the general public, and is collaborating with neighboring cities and county agencies while conducting a feasibility study on public bike sharing.

West Hollywood Bikes@Work is powered by Bike Share America, part of Bikes and Hikes LA, a West Hollywood-based company that offers bike rentals and tours.

Information: (323) 848-6827.

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