In August 2013 San Francisco, Redwood City, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and San José, will begin a public bike sharing program with 700 bicycles and 70 docking stations. Bay Area Bike Share will provide residents and visitors with an additional mode of transportation that is fun, easy, and affordable. The systems are available for use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Users will be able to rent a bike from one station and return the bike to any other location. For a complete map of the docking stations and pricing visit http://bayareabikeshare.org.
Bay Area Bike Share launches on August 29, 2013!
How it Works:
1. Approach a docking station and purchase a 24 hour, 3 day, or annual pass.
2. Use the provided code to unlock a bicycle from any station.
3. Ride the bike to work, school, run errands, meet friends, or just go for a spin.
4. Return the bike to any station within the service area. Wait for a green light on the dock for confirmation.
History of Bay Area Bike Share
In 2008, acting on the recommendation of Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) took the plunge as the first Bay Area transit agency to begin investigating a bike share pilot program. An initial study was done after securing a Safe Routes to Transit (SR2T) grant. As progress was made in Santa Clara County, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTC) became involved and proposed a joint pilot project that would place bike share throughout Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties, along the Caltrain corridor. With additional support from Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and partner agencies in each county, Bay Area Bike Share was born.
The Future of Bay Area Bike Share
The system launches on August 29! SVBC is already actively engaged in discussions with policy makers regarding the best future home of Bike Share - one that will encourage system expansion as quickly as possible. Bike share expansion and increased usage will drive more investment in facilities for all people on bikes. What's more, we know that bike sharing systems are effective at getting more people on bikes in addition to using the system. Success depends on people using it and letting their elected officials know that they want the system to expand. We hope to see you trying one of these beautiful new bikes soon. The future of Bay Area transit is people-powered fun!
To learn more, visit http://bayareabikeshare.com/