A Ford GoBike bike-share station in front of the Ferry Building on The Embarcadero.
Ford GoBike launched yesterday, marking a new beginning for bike sharing in the Bay Area.
By the end of 2018, Ford GoBike will grow to 7,000 bikes at 546 stations, making it the nation’s second-largest bike-share program.
New bike-share stations are hitting the ground now to grow the system in San Francisco to 1,750 bikes by end of the year. Expansions in the East Bay and San Jose are expected to begin the week of July 10.
The original fleet of 700 bikes, launched as a pilot project in 2013 under the name of Bay Area Bike Share, was "very modest but successful," said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin at a press event yesterday. "Today marks the day we build on that success and blow it out of the water, increasing bike-share in the region by tenfold."
To plan the locations for new bike-share stations, Ford GoBike continues to hold community meetings and collect input online to consult residents, businesses, local agencies and elected officials.