The City of West Hollywood is formally launching WeHo Pedals, its bike share program, with a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. today at the West Hollywood Library auto court at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
WeHo Pedals will offer 150 bicycles at 20 self-service stations around the city. The bicycles, bright green with yellow accents, will be available for rent 24/7.
WeHo Pedals feature GPS-enabled “Smart Bikes,” created by Social Bicycles (SoBi) and operated and maintained by CycleHop, a company that plans and operates bike share systems throughout North America. The bicycles have LED headlights and tail lights, eight gears, cargo baskets and a locking mechanism and can be locked to a WeHo Pedals bike share station for free or to any public bike rack within the service area for a nominal fee of $2 — CycleHop will collect and redistribute the bicycles daily.
The WeHo Pedals service area includes the entire City of West Hollywood and nearby areas such as Beverly Hills, The Grove and the Hollywood and Highland shopping area and Metro Red Line Station — a system map is available online.
Users can register on the WeHo Pedals website and choose from a number of payment options. Through Sept. 5 there is a discounted “founding member” riding plan available for $69 a year. It offers its users 90 minutes a day of ride time. The regular rate is $7 an hour. The tech-smart bikes can be checked out via a smartphone or a membership card or by typing a member number and pin into a keypad on the bike.
Following the noon ribbon cutting at today’s ceremony there will be a guided ride on WeHo Pedals bikes.