Bike share programs have proven effective in New York and Washington, DC, so it only makes sense that such a program be available in southern California. Unfortunately, Los Angeles is still waiting for a bike share program. This article from October 8 helps to explain the reasons behind this delay.
The article points out that the biggest reason for the delay is that an unnamed major company does not know the advertising parameters that Los Angeles demands. Further disrupting matters is the fact that a bike share program that was started in Anaheim had a number of problems that resulted in the company involved in the program walking out on the contract.
The article also points out that there are bureaucratic issues involved with bike share programs. Bike Nation, the company involved in the failed Anaheim bike share, is working with Long Beach. Bike Nation is offering to front the costs of the program but Long Beach’s government remains “cool” on the project, no doubt due in part to the failure of the program in Anaheim.
It seems clear that the immediate future for a bike share program in Los Angeles is not good. However, programs have been proven to work in cities, like New York and Washington, DC, that do not have the year-round good weather that Los Angeles has. Those programs are still new in their inception. As the companies become more learned in their business practices it only makes sense that a bike share program will appear, and be successful, in Los Angeles.