City to expand Bike Share program to North Long Beach

The city is expanding its Bike Share program to North Long Beach, part of a plan to more than double the number of bikes residents and visitors can rent throughout the city.

There are currently 480 bikes—noticeable by their light blue color—and 70 hubs spread across the city. New hubs will be placed in Bixby Knolls, at Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 5870 Atlantic Ave.; and along the recently complete Daisy-Myrtle Bike Boulevard, officials said in a news release.

A total of 500 bikes will be added to the Bike Share network over the next few months, officials said.

The effort is part of the city’s plan to add more bike lanes, including 10 additional miles in the past year, according to Craig Beck, director of public works. “The Bike Share program is an important tool in allowing more residents and visitors an opportunity to use alternate transportation,” he said in a statement.

The Bike Share program is operated by a private company—the contract was awarded to Pedal Movement in January—and does not cost the city any resources, officials noted.

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