WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Tuesday, August 30, the city of West Hollywood celebrated the launch of WeHo Pedals, which is the fourth bike-share system in the region. The bike-sharing program is operated by CycleHop. CycleHop runs systems in Santa Monica, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, and, coming soon, UCLA.

The program was launched at 11:30 a.m. Members of the community visited the West Hollywood Library Auto Court at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The city has 20 stations with 150 bicycles. According to WeHo’s website, bikes can be rented for $7 an hour. A yearly pass is also available at $99. There is currently a discount for the yearly pass, $69 until September 6. There is also a monthly pass for $25.

Residents participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday where an escorted bike ride through the city occurred. Demonstrations were also conducted on how the new bike share stations and bicycles work. There were also opportunities for event goers to purchase WeHo Pedals memberships. Those who enrolled in the program on-site received a “thank you” gift.

“We are so excited to offer bike-share to the West Hollywood community as well as to visitors,” said West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister in a press statement.

“WeHo Pedals will be a fun and easy way to explore our city, to run quick errands, or to grab a bite without having to get in the car. And, with WeHo Pedals, you won’t have to worry about finding a parking spot once you reach your destination,” she added.

According to the WeHo Pedals’ website, people can reserve a bike either using Social Bicycles mobile app or type the account number on the bicycle keypad. Then enter your four digit pin on the keypad. The bikes are considered “smart bikes” which means that the electronics are located on the bike and not in the dock. Bikes can be locked up in designated docks or other locations within the service area. The bicycles will feature LED headlights and taillights, eight gears, cargo baskets and a locking mechanism. According to LA Street Blog, the system coverage area overlaps with neighboring Beverly Hills, so cyclists can pick up a bike in WeHo and leave it in Beverly Hills.

Nonprofit organization Sustainable Streets is providing classes on the new WeHo Pedal Bike Share program called “West Hollywood Pedals Bike Share Basics.” The organization only has three classes available. For more information on the classes and dates please visit http://www.sustainablestreets.org/class-schedule.html.

Sustainable Streets is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote active transportation, such as walking and bicycling, in order to help build healthy, vibrant, livable communities

To learn more about WeHo Pedals visit www.wehopedals.com. For more information, please contact Tiffany R. Robinson at (323) 848-6868, or email trobinson@weho.org.