April 18, 2018 10:30 AM
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Breeze Bike Share presented by hulu is expanding just in time for Bike Month in May. On April 23rd Santa Monica’s Breeze Bike Share system will combine with Beverly Hills Bike Share, WeHo Pedals Bike Share, and UCLA’s Bruin Bike Share to form one seamless bike share network available for residents, commuters, and visitors alike.
The network will encompass a 35-square mile system area with 135 station locations and 830 GPS-connected Smart Bikes equipped with integrated computer and locking mechanism. The network is a “dock-optional” system, which allows users to find available bikes at stations or out-of-hub using the Social Bicycles app, and to lock up at designated stations or any public bike rack.
Existing users of the Breeze Bike Share, Beverly Hills Bike Share, WeHo Pedals Bike Share, or Bruin Bike Share programs will automatically have access to the Bike Share Connect network. New users can join the network by downloading the Social Bicycles mobile app, selecting the Bike Share Connect network, and choosing a payment plan. Residents, commuters, or visitors without a smartphone or internet access can create an account at any time at one of the 16 self-service kiosks in the network. Once a member, users enter their phone number or 6-digit account number and their 4-digit PIN on the back of the bike to unlock bike in the system.
Consistent pricing throughout the network makes it easy for users to access the system. Prices will not increase with the launch of this expanded network – giving users access to more bikes in more places for the same price.
To date, the Breeze Bike Share system alone has attracted over 87,000 subscribers, who have ridden 1,523,726 miles on over 690,000 trips. Once combined with Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and UCLA, even more people will have access to bike share and be empowered to travel farther.
City Council approved the bike share regional integration at its November 14, 2017 meeting.
To celebrate Bike Month the City will begin to roll out the second generation of Breeze Bikes. Plus, to get you going, we’re offering Free Ride Time on Bike to Work Day (May 17) and 20% off new Annual Memberships in May when you sign up with promo code BIKEMONTH20. One annual membership gets you 90 minutes of ride time for 365 days across 4 bike share systems.
About Breeze Bike Share and Bike Share Connect
Breeze Bike Share is owned by the City of Santa Monica and is an important component in the City’s overall strategy to offer sustainable vehicle trip alternatives that reduce emissions, and improve mobility, community health, and the overall quality of life in Santa Monica. The regional Bike Share Connect network will give users access to 830 bikes across all four systems (Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and UCLA) with one account. For more information or to join the thousands of riders, visit www.bikeshareconnect.com. For more information on multi-modal options in Santa Monica, visit www.smgov.net/gosamo.
About Bike Month in Santa Monica
May is Bike Month! With several local events and more bike infrastructure improvements on the horizon, there is lots to get excited about in Santa Monica. This week the City closed bike network gaps by adding and expanding bike lanes at several locations. Coming later this year the City will install: bike detection at 20 traffic signals, over 1,200 public bike racks, and miles of green paint in existing bike lane throughout the City.
2018 Bike Month will offer numerous opportunities for learners, daily commuters, and recreation riders to get out and ride:
- Bike it! Walk it! Bus it! Week at all SMMUSD Schools—May 8th – 11th
- Bike to Work Day—May 17th (stop by City Hall at 1685 Main St.!)
- Climate Fest + Ride with the Mayor + Bike Rodeo and Bike Swap—May 19th
- Buy Local Handlebar Happy Hours every week (Wednesday or Thursday) in May
For more information about Bike Month Activities visit:
- Buy Local Santa Monica: http://www.buylocalsantamonica.com/bike-local/?SSScrollPosition=141
- Santa Monica Spoke: http://smspoke.org/bike-month/
- LA Metro: https://www.metro.net/riding/bike-month/
Public Information Officer