Bay Area Bike Share is launching in August 2013 with a network of 700 bicycles and 70 stations and will be available for use in the cities of San Francisco, Redwood City, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and San Jose. Intended to provide Bay Area residents and visitors with an additional transportation option for getting around the region, the Bay Area Bike Share is fun, easy, and affordable.
The system will be available for use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The station network will provide twice as many docking points as bicycles, assuring that an available dock to return your bicycle is always nearby. The system includes a fleet of specially designed, heavy-duty, very durable bicycles that are locked into a network of docking stations.
This service is starting out as a pilot project being tested in five communities to determine successful conditions for expansion in the initial service areas and into new Bay Area communities. The pilot project is conducted as a partnership among local government agencies including the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District), San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, SamTrans, Caltrain, the County of San Mateo, the City of Redwood City and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. The initial pilot phase is estimated to cost approximately $7 million with $1.4 million in funding provided by the Air District, $1.3 million from the local agency partners and $4.29 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.