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Old 07-15-13, 01:51 PM   #1
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bikeshare comimg to san Jose, Mountain View, Palo Alto and San Francisco

at www.bayareabikeshare.com



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.
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Old 07-15-13, 04:50 PM   #2
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Great, now we can move the debate fron New York to the west coast. Expect predictions of a disaster to rival the 1906 earthquake.
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I'm glad the initial implementation doesn't service BART. It's not that I'm opposed to bikeshare programs, it's just that BART is oh-so-close to finally lifting its ridiculous anti-bike policies and if there was bikeshare widely available it would weaken the case for allowing commuters to go multi-modal on BART. Once BART permanently allows bikes on board, then I hope the bikeshare expands extensively.
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I'm glad the initial implementation doesn't service BART.
The bikes won't be inside BART stations but it looks like the four downtown SF stations will have bike kiosks very close by. Other BART stations aren't in the initial Bike Share service area but I presume they'll be considered when the area is expanded. Bike Share might even make the trial period of bikes during rush hour go more smoothly if some people on the most crowded trains opt for these bikes instead of taking their own. At this point I'm more concerned that there might be complaints about too many bikes causing problems during the rush hour trial than that BART management decides there's not enough demand.
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