Opening Up Bicycling to Everyone
Bike Share in San Francisco
San Francisco has a bike share system of 350 bikes as part of a regional Bay Area Bike Share Program. In San Francisco, the program is managed and maintained by the BAAQMD with the support of the SFMTA, but the SF Bicycle Coalition will continue to be leading the way educating people on the safest and easiest way to commute by bike. Bike Share programs have been wildly successful in cities like Washington, D.C., New York City, and Minneapolis -- each of these cities use the same types of bikes and stations.
Please Note: The SF Bicycle Coalition DOES NOT run the Bike Share Program. Please contact the provider for specific questions or needs at bayareabikeshare.com
Introducing Bike ShareA robust bike share system will open up the joy of biking to everyone in San Francisco, increasing business, relieving crowding on our trains and buses and sealing our reputation as the world’s most innovative city.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to have led the way for this first pilot program and we are advocating for the launch of a full scale bike sharing system in San Francisco of approximately 3,000 bikes in 2014, with expansion to the full Bay Area shortly thereafter. The Air District will be launching a very small test of a regional bike share program in 2013. Right now, San Francisco is planned to host 350 bikes at approximately 35 stations centered around the waterfront, Market Street and Caltrain. There will be 350 bikes centered around Caltrain stations in Palo Alto, Mountain View, Redwood City and San Jose, as well.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will continue to be the leading resource for Street Safety Information and will continue to advocate for more bikeways across the city, in order to help attract more people to try bicycling. The Bike Share program is being run by the Bay Area Quality Management District, in partnership with the region's transportation agencies. While the SF Bicycle Coalition is supportive of the bike share program, questions related to the program itself can be answered by the staff at Bay Area Bike Share. -->
Letter to the Mayor
The San Francisco Bay Area Bike Share program is a total of 700 bikes -- 350 in San Francisco at 30 Stations. If you would like to see the program expanded or want to request/suggest a location for a bike share pod, we encourage you to use the text below as a guide to email the Mayor.
Dear Mayor Lee:
What is Bike Share?It'll be very easy to understand bike sharing once it's launched on the street. You'll see solar-powered electronic kiosks with many bikes where you can sign up for annual, monthly, daily or other kinds of membership. Once you're a member, you'll be able to take a bike, ride to your destination and return it at the closest kiosk near to where you're headed. Trips under 30 minutes are generally free.
For a great overview of bike sharing, check out this video of D.C.'s extremely popular system. See this map for a comprehensive overview of all bike sharing systems in the world, and this handy map of what U.S. cities are launching in just 2013.
Have ideas or questions on the work the SF Bicycle Coalition is doing to improve and expand Bike Share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org