Bike share for $5 per year? City of Long Beach says, ‘Yes—bike share for all’

There are many inconvenient truths when it comes to transportation and accessibility—and when it comes specifically to affordability, there lies a real concern: For many, the cost of monthly transit or bike share passes are unattainable, let alone the luxury of a car.

So the City of Long Beach decided to do something about it: Create a “Bike Share for All” program that will provide eligible members to pay a singular $5 annual fee. 

Yes, five bucks.

The City of Long Beach’s Bike Share program features these colorful bikes. Photo by Brian Addison.

So who is it for? Those who need it most that over the age of 18 and live, work, or attend school in Long Beach with proof of their low income. That includes:

  • Lon Beach Utility Assistance
  • Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)
  • Cal Fresh
  • Cal Grants / State Financial Aid for higher education
  • California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE)
  • Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)
  • Head State Program
  • Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
  • Lifeline Program
  • Medi-Cal
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit

The application is available here. And don’t worry if you only have cash: You can do so via appointment at the GoActiveLB Hub in Downtown Long Beach, located at 223 E. 1st St.

Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.
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