Bike Sharing

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Bay Area Bike Share is now in San Francisco

Bay Area Bike Share officially launched in the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, August 29, 2013.

The SFMTA, in partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, brought Bay Area Bike Share to San Francisco with 350 bikes and 35 stations. Regionally, there is a total of 700 bikes and 70 stations.

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Bay Area Bike Share Is Here!

Bay Area Bike Share officially launched in the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, August 29.

The SFMTA, in partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, brought Bay Area Bike Share to San Francisco with 350 bikes and 35 stations. Regionally, there is a total of 700 bikes and 70 stations.

The Benefits of Bike Sharing

Bike sharing programs have numerous positive impacts for cities. They deliver all the benefits of bicycling, such as reducing traffic congestion, improving public health and air quality and generating new jobs. Bike share programs also partner well with transit to get residents and visitors from their transit stop to their final destination.

Moreover, bike sharing is a fun, convenient and affordable transportation alternative that helps to overcome obstacles to using a bike in a city, such as storage and bike theft. It also introduces new audiences to the freedom and convenience of using bicycles for short trips.

How Bay Area Bike Share Works

Membership rates to join Bay Area Bike Share will be $88 for an annual pass, $22 for a three-day pass and $9 for a daily pass. Each pass provides for unlimited trips during the membership period, with no additional cost for the first 30 minutes of each trip. 

Bay Area Bike Share bikes are extremely robust, commuter-style bikes built to withstand constant use and resist theft. The uniquely one-size-fits-all designed bikes are comfortable for all users and feature seven speeds, upright handlebars, wide seats, hand brakes, a front basket and a chain guard to protect clothing. Headlights and taillights illuminate automatically when the bike is pedaled. 

Whether you’re riding your own bike or a Bay Area Bike Share bike remember the rules of the road:

  • Yield to pedestrians
  • Walk bikes on the sidewalk
  • Obey traffic signals and signs
  • Ride with traffic

About Bay Area Bike Share

This pilot program is brought to the region through a multi-agency public partnership including the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, County of San Mateo, Redwood City, Caltrain, San Mateo County Transit or SamTrans, the Valley Transportation Authority, City and County of San Francisco, and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. The cost of the full pilot totals $11.2 million, and is funded using Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds ($7.1 million), money from the Transportation Fund for Clean Air ($2.8 million) and other local funds ($1.3 million).

Station Planning in San Francisco

You’ll notice Bay Area Bike Share stations around different places in San Francisco. They are primarily located in the parking lane, but may be placed on the sidewalk or in plazas where space allows.

Experience from other cities in Europe and North America has shown that to maximize success, bike sharing stations should be spaced on average every few blocks throughout the service area. 

Some factors considered when determining ideal locations for stations within the service area were topography, job density, transit connections, bike rack requests, proximity to the bikeway network and general support of station neighbors. Station locations are prioritized to complement regional transportation stations such as BART, Caltrain and the Ferry Building. The locations also provide convenient options for residents, commuters and visitors making short trips to and from these facilities, to places of employment and residences, and to social and recreational destinations. 

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