SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The preparation is over, the hubs have been placed, and 500 green Breeze bikes presented by Hulu have been set loose on Santa Monica streets. On the morning of November 12, Main Street in front of City Hall was shut down to cars, making way for the brand new bike share bikes. Hundreds of community members took part in the massive roll out. As the green ribbon was cut, the cyclists rode down Main Street and on to their destinations around Santa Monica.
"Today is a long-awaited landmark moment for alternative transportation in our city," said Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown. "Our residents and visitors now have an easily accessible way to get around town without creating traffic or having to deal with parking. Our Breeze bikes can take you on your daily trips and connect you with other modes of transportation in a way that's convenient, fast, and fun."
Adding support and their name to the first bike share system in Southern California is Santa Monica-based company Hulu.
"Hulu is proud to bring the city of Santa Monica a greener, cleaner way to get around town," said Jenny Wall, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Hulu. "Breeze Bike Share, presented by Hulu, is going to benefit locals, visitors and people who work in the city, including our very own Hulu team members."
Breeze bikes can be found at any of the 75 hubs throughout Santa Monica, and five more that will soon be sited in neighboring Venice. You can view the complete map of locations at www.smgov.net/bikeshare and at www.breezebikeshare.com. In addition, the maps are conveniently located on all hub signs, which also include the City's growing network of bike lanes and designated bikeway streets to help the community make the most of their bike share experience.
"Bringing bike share to fruition in our region has been a longstanding goal for myself and the many dedicated folks here today," said Assemblymember Richard Bloom. "Santa Monica has long been on the forefront of sustainable practices and opening this cutting edge bike share system is a testament to that."
The Breeze Bike Share system has been designed to serve residents, businesses and key destinations citywide with a convenient, active transportation option. Bike share is an important component in the City's overall strategy to offer the community sustainable alternatives to vehicle trips to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.
"Our city's transportation landscape is going to be transformed dramatically," said Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole. "The launch of Breeze Bike Share, presented by Hulu, is the first piece of the mobility solutions to improve circulation in Santa Monica. Now people have an easy way to connect to our Big Blue Bus, and the Expo light rail coming next spring."
For more information on Santa Monica's Breeze Bike Share, presented by Hulu, visit www.breezebikeshare.com.
ABOUT BREEZE BIKE SHARE
Breeze Bike Share, owned by the City of Santa Monica and operated by CycleHop, LLC, will provide 500 public bicycles at 75 stations throughout the city and select locations in nearby Venice. Breeze bicycles offer flexibility for one-way bike rides to get around town in a fun, healthy and environmentally-friendly way and achieve the Santa Monica community's goals to reduce car trips and GHG emissions. Payment options include "pay-as-you-go" at $1/10 minutes, and monthly or annual membership rates that offer huge savings. Register at www.breezebikeshare.com or through the Social Bicycles app for IOS and android.
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Carrie Lujan, Public Information Coordinator
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SOURCE City of Santa Monica