LONG BEACH - A bicycle sharing program could soon allow bike rentals at public rights of way in Long Beach.
Bike Nation Inc. of Tustin has proposed to invest $12 million in Long Beach to create a bicycle rental network that would include 250 bike share stations, 2,500 bikes and 3,750 bike docks. The contract length is 10 years.
The Long Beach City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the contract, which requires no city subsidy and has an option to renew for an additional 10 years.
The city would provide locations in rights of way around the city for the self-service program, where people can rent a bicycle and pay in one location and return at another kiosk at no additional charge.
Locations for the bike hubs have not been selected.
Officials hope to have a "significant number" of the bike kiosks downtown after Jan. 1, according to City Traffic Engineer Dave Roseman.
"I think it changes the dynamic of downtown on how you get around," Roseman said.
Those using the service would have to first buy a membership, which are $6 for 24 hours, $12 for 72 hours, $25 for seven days, $35 for a month and $75 for a year, according to the Bike Nation website. Students and seniors may purchase annual memberships for $60.
Rental prices vary, but trips of 30 minutes or less are free.
The cities of Anaheim and Los Angeles have also made similar agreements with Bike Nation Inc.
For more information, or for businesses interested in hosting a kiosk, contact city bicycle coordinator Al Crawford at 562-570-6331.
Preferential parking district
Residents whose homes are located along a strip of Anaheim Road east of CSU Long Beach have a message for students: You're in our parking spots.
The City Council may provide some relief if it approves the creation of a preferential parking district on Anaheim Road between Studebaker Road and Almada Street.
The ordinance that would establish the district, which also includes the east side of Studebaker Road between El Jardin Street and Almada Street, is scheduled for a first reading on Tuesday.
A petition of residents in the two-block area found that 96 percent supported the parking district and a proposal for a one-hour parking limit between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Residents of the neighborhood would be eligible to buy a permit to park during restricted hours.
A parking study cited by the city found that 75 percent of on-street parking was occupied during peak hours, and 84 percent of the vehicles were not registered to surrounding residents.