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Mountain View wins grant to launch bike-sharing stations

Original post made on May 11, 2012

By early fall Mountain View will join the ranks of such cities as Paris, Barcelona and London in having its own bike-sharing network, which will place up to 117 bikes at stations around the city.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 11, 2012, 3:13 PM

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Posted by makes sense
a resident of Downtown North
on May 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Bicycles are a great way to get people out of cars and reduce traffic and congestion on the roads. Caltrain can get you most of the way to many peninsula destinations, but the last 2 or 3 miles is a big problem. Public transit is great in San Francisco, but awful in most peninsula cities. Having a bunch of rental bicycles at Caltrain stations is a terrific idea. I just hope they have enough bicycles. A few dozen may not cut it. If you can't count on a bicycle being there when you get off the train, people will drive instead.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Tom Means makes a good point. If someone gets off the train and rents a bike to take to a destination, there needs to be a charging station nearby or else it won't make sense. If the nearest charging station is still 1/2 mile away from the final destination then the person may prefer to take the bike, park it outside the destination and then use it to return to the train. There needs to be many charging stations and many bikes.

However, I still think this is a great idea.


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Posted by Would-be bicyclist
a resident of Midtown
on May 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm

How about we get some real bike paths, separate bike lanes, and bike crossings, so we can use these new bikes? Palo Alto is a particularly dangerous place to use a bicycle.


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Posted by Donald
a resident of South of Midtown
on May 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Palo Alto is one of the safest places to ride a bike. If you think otherwise it is likely because you haven't done much biking elsewhere. I regularly travel to other parts of California and to other states, where I sometimes go for bike rides. I am always relieved when I get back to Palo Alto because it is so much safer here.


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Posted by makes sense
a resident of Downtown North
on May 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I agree with Donald. Palo Alto is much safer for bicyclists than many of the neighboring cities (like Redwood City or Menlo Park or Woodside). Palo Alto has a decent network of bike lanes, though there are some important gaps that the new bike route plan is supposed to fix. Redwood City is so far behind that they don't even have an official city bicycle route map.


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Posted by Race-To-The-Bottom-On-Your-Bikes
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2012 at 9:47 am

Oh JOY! Mountain View is now "hip". Wonder how long it will be before it decides that everyone should be riding bicycles .. and bans automobiles.

Shanghai Bans Bicycles:
Web Link

Seems there was some pushback to this, since there was another article in 2004 suggesting a "softening" on the part of City Officials on this ban.

Fast forward to 2010:

Bikes Banned on Shanghai Metro:
Web Link

Amazing that China .. that used to be probably the most bike-centric country in the world--is trying to become a 21st Century world leader, and Silicon Valley seems to be doing everything in its power to lead the race to 3rd world status.

Sad .. so sad ..


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Posted by makes sense
a resident of Downtown North
on May 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Have you ever tried to drive a car in China? Car traffic and car pollution in the big Chinese cities is much worse over there than in the US. Most commuters did not upgrade from bicycles to cars; most commuters now use public transit. And yes, many Chinese cities have bike share systems like what Mountain View is starting. The world's largest and most successful bike share systems are in China.


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Posted by Race-To-The-Bottom-On-Your-Bikes
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm

> The world's largest and most successful bike share
> systems are in China.

Care to share some sources? How many bike sharing bikes are there, and how many bike-passenger-miles can one ascribe to this "program"?

Sure .. bikes are used in the smaller cities .. but from sources in China I know that cars are selling like hot cakes. GM is very likely to shift is base of operations from the US to China in the coming years. At the very minimum, China will be the largest market for car manufacturers in the coming decades. (Yes, it's the largest under-served population where cars are concerned, so this is no surprise. It is, on the other hand, something that many Americans don't seem all that aware of.)


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

One other thought, presumably the Mountain View system and the Palo Alto systems are going to be interchangeable. After all, someone getting off the train at San Antonio in Mountain View may want to go to Palo Alto destinations just as likely as they may want to go to a Mountain View destination.


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Posted by Wayne
a resident of Mountain View
on May 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Hey put Sunnyvale on the list of neighborhoods! I selected Mountain as the closest. We roaring to get started on these things.

Bike sharing is a wonderful idea. Let's include Sunnyvale. We can make it work; it might take a couple of false starts, but we can make it work. We live in the most intelleigent community in America!

Wayne


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