PRESS RELEASE: Ryu Introduces Motions on Dockless Bike-Sharing Pilot and Peer-to-Peer Car-Share Permitting System

Los Angeles, CA -- Today, Councilmember David Ryu introduced two motions in City Council to begin dockless bike-sharing and peer-to-peer car-sharing programs in the City of Los Angeles. Councilmember Ryu made the following statement:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 3, 2017

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Ryu Introduces Motions on Dockless Bike-Sharing Pilot and Peer-to-Peer Car-Share Permitting System

 

Los Angeles, CA -- Today, Councilmember David Ryu introduced two motions in City Council to begin dockless bike-sharing and peer-to-peer car-sharing programs in the City of Los Angeles. Councilmember Ryu made the following statement:

“I’m excited to introduce two motions today that will open the door to more commuting options, reduced traffic, and greater mobility in Los Angeles. This should be a no-brainer for City Council: more programs to drive down the cost of bike rentals and more car share opportunities that will give people who want to forego car ownership options to make that a reality.”

Dockless bike-sharing systems, which already operate in Washington, D.C., Seattle, South San Francisco, and other municipalities, allow riders to use an application on their phone to find and unlock nearby bicycles and drop them off anywhere bikes are allowed - no docking station or kiosk required. Councilmember Ryu’s motion would instruct the Department of Transportation and Bureau of Street Services, in coordination with the City Attorney, to conduct outreach to dockless bike-sharing companies, and to develop a pilot program to test and develop dockless bike sharing in Los Angeles.

Peer-to-peer car-sharing is a growing trend in the car-sharing market, allowing car-owners to supplement their income by renting out their personal car through a web-based application for short-term use. At present, the Los Angeles Municipal Code does not have a framework to regulate peer-to-peer car-sharing. Councilmember Ryu’s motion on peer-to-peer car-sharing would instruct the Department of Transportation to develop a permit process that would provide sensible regulations for the industry.

“City Hall talks a lot about building an economy and a city that is more dynamic and sustainable. This is, quite literally, where the rubber meets the road,” Councilmember Ryu said. “Dockless bike sharing would allow more people to bike instead of drive, and bring bike-sharing to communities where docked systems aren’t feasible. Peer-to-peer car-sharing would allow more people to live without a car, increasing transportation options, reducing greenhouse gases and creating a healthier Los Angeles. I look forward to Council taking action on these motions.”

Read the Dockless Bike-Sharing motion here.

Read the Peer-to-Peer Car-Share Permitting System motion here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.

 


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