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$500k to be Used for Study of 'Integrated Mobility Hubs'

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, February 10, 2011, at 10:45PM
Paris Bicycle Infrastructure Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A bike sharing location in Paris.

Last November, the cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach were given an $8.35 million grant to develop "Integrated Mobility Hubs" that would combine ideas such as car sharing, bike sharing and bike parking to encourage greener transportation in the first and last mile of a trip. Hubs would be created in Downtown, Hollywood and Long Beach.

Now it is time to figure out how the money should actually be spent, and the first step is a $500,000 study. Councilwoman Jan Perry introduced a motion on Wednesday asking for that study to be set up and an outside contractor to be chosen to carry it out.

The Downtown siting isn't starting entirely from ground zero: as part of the community benefits for the project proposed to replace the Wilshire Grand hotel, the developer agreed to contribute $500,000 to the hub effort and reserve 300 square feet of retail space and ten parking spacing for a mobility hub.

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