The City of West Hollywood has released a new video promoting ways to get around town without a car (and thereby avoid the hassle of finding parking that residents constantly complain about). The video pitches walking, biking, taking the city’s shuttles and trolley and connecting to regional Metro bus and rail lines if you want to get out of town.
“The City of West Hollywood has launched a number of innovative transit programs,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “Investing in transportation alternatives not only helps to get people out of their cars, it also helps us to become a cleaner and greener city. That’s good for the environment and for the community.”
In 2016, the City of West Hollywood rolled-out its WeHo Pedals bike share program with 150 bright green public bicycles that are available 24/7. Users can check out a bike using a smartphone, computer, membership card, or by typing a member number and pin into a keypad on bikes located at hubs all over the city. Also in 2016, the city marked the opening of new bike lanes in both directions along Fairfax Avenue, which provide a continuous link between Hollywood Boulevard and Melrose Avenue for cyclists. More information is available online.
To connect to the regional Metro Red Line at Hollywood and Highland, the City of West Hollywood created its free CityLineX service to complement its existing around-town CityLine shuttle service. CityLineX is aimed at commuters and runs during morning and evening commute hours. More information is available at www.weho.org/cityline.
The PickUp, launched in 2013, is a free weekend trolley service. The PickUp runs on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. and on Sundays from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. along Santa Monica Boulevard in a four-mile loop with 15 stops in each direction between Robertson Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. The PickUp arrives at stops every 15 minutes and features beat mixes by Derek Monteiro. More information, as well as a real-time Trolley Tracker, is available at www.wehopickup.com.
At 1.9 square miles, West Hollywood was voted the “Most Walkable City” in California by Walk Score. West Hollywood’s walkability is ranked higher than that of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
The city has won support from the Metro board to begin studies for a proposed Metro rail extension of the Crenshaw/LAX Northern line, which would bring light rail service to the city.
The city is also moving forward with its updated Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan to improve its existing pedestrian infrastructure and bicycle network.