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Santa Monica set to launch bike share this week

Published November 11, 2015

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Santa Monica is debuting its latest environmental initiative: Breeze Bike Share, presented by Hulu, this week. The program will offer 500 bikes across 75 stations and provide residents with a sustainable way to get around town, according to city manager Rick Cole.

“By promoting biking instead of driving, Santa Monica’s bike share program could directly reduce the city's annual CO2 emissions by approximately 80 metric tons a year, which is the equivalent of planting 2,000 trees,” said Global Green USA VP of Programs Walker Wells. “When Breeze Bike Share is used to make that critical link to the Expo Line or a bus, we can cut the greenhouse gas pollution by 10 times or 800 metric tons a year. Santa Monica is leading the way to a region-wide bike share reality, which could end up reducing hundreds of metric tons of CO2 annually.”

The city is inviting residents and the public to the official unveiling Thursday at 8:15 a.m. at City Hall on Main Street. The event kicks off with music and refreshments, followed by a press conference at 9 a.m. and then the official Breeze Bike Share roll out. Hundreds of community members will take part as the ribbon is cut and the green bikes roll down Main Street and out into the city.

Breeze Bike Share is one way Santa Monica is working to improve the community’s quality of life and encourage a healthy lifestyle. The program is designed to connect residents, the city’s workforce, and visitors with existing transit to support first-last mile connections. It will feature hubs at all three Santa Monica EXPO Light Rail stations, making for an easy connection to the train when it opens next spring.

The program is offering founding memberships for $99 per year at www.breezebikeshare.com.

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