LA Metro’s First Secure Bike Parking Facility Opens at El Monte

If you want more proof that bikes plus transit equal transportation solutions, you need look no further than suburban Los Angeles where yesterday local cycling, government and transportation officials christened LA County’s first secure bicycle parking facility.   Dubbed the El Monte Bike Hub, the facility is one of five planned for one of America’s largest counties. At buildout, they will provide 700 secure bicycle parking spaces at MTA transit stations around Los Angeles.

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The El Monte Station is located in the San Gabriel Valley east of downtown Los Angeles.  It opened in October, 2012 and  is the largest bus station west of Chicago, with 29 bays serving 22,000 passengers daily.  It allows connections to the LA Metro (MTA) rail system and intercity carriers such as Greyhound and Amtrak via bus and bus rapid transit (Silver Line BRT).

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By giving cyclists a safe place to stow their rides, local officials hope that more residents will choose to leave their cars at home and instead cycle to transit stops.  Though a far cry from massive parking facilities found in cities like Amsterdam, the El Monte Bike Hub is a significant step for an American city, especially one as auto-centric as Los Angeles.

For more information, you can read the Metro press release here.

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