BikeShare_Launch_BlogIt's lunch time and you’re meeting with friends for a bite in Westwood Village. You realize from your NextBus app that the bus won’t arrive for another 10 minutes. Walking will take even longer and driving is out of the question. Biking will take five minutes, but you don't have your bike with you. What do you do? UCLA Bruin Bike Share has got you covered.

Launching Tuesday, October 3, our campus bike-share system aims to address many types of scenarios such as this one in an effort to make our campus bike friendlier and more accessible by active modes of transportation. There will be 18 hub locations and 130 bikes throughout campus and in Westwood Village including Powell Library, Luskin Conference Center, and Broxton and Glendon Avenues in Westwood Village.Bruin Bike Share Map

Join us for the official launch celebration on October 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dickson Court North. There will be food, prizes, giveaways and an inaugural group ride for a limited number of participants.

As part of the launch, UCLA Transportation will be offering special founding annual membership rates to bike share users. UCLA employees and students can purchase a $60 annual plan for 90 minutes of usage per day. The founding public annual rate will be $69 a year. Additional plans include $7 a month for UCLA members, $25 a month for the public and a Pay-As-You-Go rate of $7 an hour for anyone.

UCLA students, staff and visitors will be able to check out bikes using their smart phones, membership cards or the payment kiosks at larger bike hubs. The first step is to create a Social Bicycles account by downloading the mobile app or visiting our website.

Students, staff, faculty and visitors alike will be able to take bikes from one designated hub to another. Bikes can be locked up to racks at any designated hub using the lock that comes with the bike, as well as to regular racks outside of hubs for a small fee.

In LA County, bike-share programs have launched in Westside cities like Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. LA Metro has also expanded its bike share beyond Downtown LA to Pasadena, Venice and San Pedro.

For more information about Bruin Bike Share, go to our website.