Bay Area Bike Share is here!
What is Bike Share?
Bike share systems provide a network of iconic public bicycles from self-service bike share stations - or pods - located around town. Bike sharing centers on short trips to multiple destinations. Similar to car-sharing, members can check out a bicycle, ride to their destination and return the bicycle to any bike share station in the system. Bike share uses unique, commuter-style bicycles designed for urban use and employs features such as smart cards, solar powered stations, and wireless internet.
About the Pilot Program
Bay Area Bike Share is a multi-agency partnership between VTA, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, County of San Mateo, Redwood City, Caltrain, San Mateo County Transit or SamTrans, and City and County of San Francisco.
The pilot program is funded through a combination of local, regional and federal grants. The largest portion of funding comes from a $7.1 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Climate Initiatives Grant program. After the initial pilot period, user fees and sponsorships will fund the on-going operations and maintenance of the system.
The first phase of Bay Area Bike Share launched with 700 bicycles and 70 stations on August 29, 2013. The second phase will add approximately 300 additional bicycles and 30 stations to the system by early 2014.
Bike Share in Santa Clara County
There are 280 bikes and 28 stations operating in the cities of San Jose, Mountain View, and Palo Alto. Bike share stations are located at key Caltrain stations and activity centers such as downtowns, universities, shopping centers, city halls and major employment centers within a mile or two of the Caltrain stations.
Map of existing and planned station locations
Phase 2 will add another 120 bikes and 12 stations in San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto. The partners are currently working to identify Phase 2 station locations.
How can I participate?
Know of a good location for a future bike share station? Post your suggestion on the bike share crowdsource map or email your suggestion to email@example.com.
Help us grow Bay Area Bike Share! If you're a business, school, or homeowners association interested in sponsoring a station, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. for more information.