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Metro, Los Angeles Partner to Add 300 More Electric Bicycles

"Now you can get off your train or bus, hop on a bike and pedal where you're going."

More than 300 electric bicycles were added to the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority's fleet on Thursday.

The Metro bicycles will be available throughout the summer at Classic Metro Bike Share stations. More than 20 new stations will be installed in central Los Angeles areas such as Expo Park, University Park, Pico Union, Koreatown, MacArthur Park, Echo Park and Silver Lake.

Metro worked with the city of Los Angeles to select new station locations near major transit hubs and primary local destinations.

"Metro is introducing a new group of no-sweat bikes," said county Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Sheila Kuehl. "Now you can get off your train or bus, hop on a bike and pedal where you're going." 

Customers can download the Metro Bike Share App to check bike and dock availability and find the nearest Classic Metro Bike Station to their location, among other features.

An additional $1 fee for unlocking the bikes will be waived until Aug. 31.

The e-bikes and station expansions are funded with a more than $2 million state grant from the Active Transportation Program Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Metro received last year.

Metro's Bike Share program is planning to expand to other Los Angeles County communities, including North Hollywood and other San Fernando Valley cities, creating a system of more than 4,000 bicycles.

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