Bike Share system planning expansion by 2017

Program launched in 2013 with 70 docking stations in Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Jose, Redwood City and San Francisco

A plan to increase the number of bicycles in the Bay Area Bike Share system tenfold by the end of 2017 at no cost to taxpayers was announced by area government officials today.

The plan would bring the number of bike share cycles in the Bay Area from 700 to 7,000 over the next two years and expand the program into the East Bay cities of Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville for the first time.

The Bike Share system was launched in 2013 with 700 bikes at 70 docking stations in Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Jose, San Francisco and Redwood City, While the pilot program has been successful, the bankruptcy of bicycle manufacturer Bixi has stalled its expansion.

But last October Alta, the company contracted to operate the bike share, was reorganized into Motivate International Inc.

Now based in New York City, Motivate has created its own supply chain for producing bikes and is ready to bring a significant expansion to the Bay Area, Metropolitan Transportation Commission Officials said.

For the pilot program, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and other local governments allocated $11.4 million for the bike sharing pilot program. However, New York has been successful in funding the program through corporate sponsorship and Motivate has offered to add 6,300 bikes using that model at no cost to taxpayers.

The addition would significantly expand the existing programs in San Francisco and San Jose while also finally bringing bike sharing to the East Bay. There are no current plans to expand bike sharing on the Peninsula, where the pilot did not perform at expectations.

San Francisco, however, has exceeded expectations and accounted for 90 percent of rides taken during the pilot program. Motivate would add the most bikes there, bringing the total to 4,500.

San Jose's total would jump to 1,000 bikes, Oakland will get 850 bikes, Berkeley will get 400 and Emeryville will get 100, MTC officials said.

City leaders praised the proposal today, commending the bike share program for offering a first- and last-mile option to public transit riders, improving the environment by relieving congestion on city streets and improving public health through exercise.

"I can't wait to jump on a bike when we bring this program to Oakland next year," Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement. "Active transportation improves public health, promotes economic development, helps the environment and is fun and affordable."

Motivate has also committed to offering reduced cost options for low-income residents and will put 20 percent of the new bike share stations in underserved communities -- particularly making sure there are stations beyond Oakland's downtown corridor in East and West Oakland, according to the MTC.

"I'm encouraged by the efforts of Motivate and the cities to put equity concerns front and center," MTC chair and Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese said in a statement. "I think my colleagues will give the proposal very serious consideration."

The MTC Administration Committee will consider the proposal on Wednesday and the proposal is expected to go before the full board later in the month.

The bike share program allows members to pick up bikes at a station and ride them to another station at their destination. Membership in the program costs $88 per year, $22 for a three-day membership or $9 for a 24-hour membership. Trips of 30 minutes or less are free for members, 30-60 minute trips cost $4, and each additional 30 minutes costs $7.

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Posted by commuter
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 4, 2015 at 9:53 am

Will bike share be expanded in Palo Alto or cancelled? This article sounds like we're getting an expansion, but other news reports say Palo Alto is dropping out of this program. The current Palo Alto deployment is awful with only a handful of stations, but it could work for residents if we expanded the stations out into other parts of the city.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2015 at 11:27 am

Perhaps with the new permit parking in downtown, a few stations should be put at the perimeter so that people can still park on streets and then rent a bike to downtown.

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Posted by Just dreaming
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2015 at 11:43 am

Just imagine if we undergrounded the train and turned the existing right of way into a bikeway....

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Posted by MVResident67
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 4, 2015 at 11:53 am

@commuter: "Will bike share be expanded in Palo Alto or cancelled?"


According to this article:

Web Link ...


"The Bay Area Bike Share program would expand tenfold, from 700 to 7,000 bikes, under a proposal announced Thursday by the mayors of San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville.

Under the plan, the bike-share program would extend for the first time into the East Bay. It would also increase the number of bikes and bike stations in San Francisco and San Jose, which are two years into a pilot program.

In San Francisco, the number of bikes would jump from 328 to 4,500; in San Jose from 129 to 1,000. In the East Bay, 850 bikes would go to Oakland, 400 to Berkeley and 100 to Emeryville.

Not every place wins. Redwood City, Palo Alto and Mountain View, which participated in the pilot program, are cut out of the new proposal, based on low ridership numbers." ...snip...

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Posted by Midtown
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm

A bike to nowhere!

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Posted by Cyclist
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 4, 2015 at 10:44 pm

If the rack outside Palo Alto Bicycles - just one block from the Caltrain station rack - was relocated to Town & Country, I'd use the system far more often. Current system design is awful.

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Posted by commuter
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 5, 2015 at 12:21 am

I agree that the current system design is terrible. I would use it all the time if there were stations at the Midtown Shopping Center, Town & Country, and maybe Stanford Shopping Center. There are currently too few stations and too poorly spaced out.

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