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Old 10-23-15, 11:45 AM
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Bay Area Bike Share

Finally had an opportunity to try this out.
Bay Area Bike Share | Your bike sharing system in the Bay Area

Here's my report:

First, they want you to buy an annual membership which gives you unlimited # of rentals for 30 minutes at a time. If you do this, you get a card key in the mail so that you unlock a bike from the "dock". If you do a "one-day membership" (like I did yesterday) then you just swipe your credit card in the ATM kind of thing, agree to some stuff, and then you get a 5-digit code to unlock a bike. There's only three buttons on the docks though, so all the digits are 1, 2, or 3.





This doo-dad in the front is what the dock locks to, so you have to kind of tilt the bike up to get it out.



The bikes are tanks with about 60mm tires that could probably survive a machete attack. They have some kind of internal gearing with 7-speeds.

I rode this from Embarcadero BART to the new UCSF campus about 2.5 miles away, and locked it to one of the ordinary bike racks for the duration of my visit. (Note - this is a violation of their user agreement - you're ONLY supposed to lock at a dock... I won't do it again, please don't turn me in.)





The one-day membership is still only supposed to be for 30-minute trips, so they expect you to go to another docking station near your destination and leave the bike there, then you can use the same 5-digit code to borrow another one for the ride back. But if you keep it for more than 30 minutes then they charge you overtime fees. So for me, it was $9 for the one-day membership, and then an additional $7 for each extra 30 minutes before I locked it back in the dock... so since I had it for 3-1/2 hours it wound up costing me $51... I didn't understand the pricing structure when I checked it out. I could've gotten a Blazing Saddles bike for $8 per hour or $32 for all day (there was a Blazing Saddle place right near the BART also).

So, I'd do this again IF they had a docking station near my destination. It was a fun experience and I get reimbursed anyway so I'm not really out any money. I'd rather have my own bike but I was travelling during crowded BART times. I'll probably just take the MUNI next time.


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Old 10-23-15, 12:37 PM
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I signed up for an annual membership to Bay Area Bike Share when the system first started a couple of years ago. I think it was around $100 for unlimited 30 minute rides for 1 year. I didn't renew after the first year. Like you, I found there are really not enough stations for most users. The system is great if you're riding around downtown San Francisco (between Market Street and the Caltrain station), but really terrible most other places in San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area (despite the name "Bay Area Bike Share").
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Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
I signed up for an annual membership to Bay Area Bike Share when the system first started a couple of years ago. I think it was around $100 for unlimited 30 minute rides for 1 year. I didn't renew after the first year. Like you, I found there are really not enough stations for most users. The system is great if you're riding around downtown San Francisco (between Market Street and the Caltrain station), but really terrible most other places in San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area (despite the name "Bay Area Bike Share").
Yup. None near UCSF Mission Bay where I was. But there is a place on their website to suggest future locations and this one got a lot of hits.



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Very similar to Seattle's Pronto system . Multiple docs around the more popular parts of the area, 30 min per trip are included. Go over, you pay extra but dock it within 30 minutes and pull out another bike and you're good to go with no additional fees.



King County has a mandatory helme(n)t law, so Pronto provides one for you to use during your rental. When you're done, dock the bike and toss the helm(n)t in the return bin.

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I know a 2 time Cat 1 Men's Road Race National Champion, who is the reigning Cat 1 Men's Time Trial National Champion.
He rides these all the time in San Francisco.
He call them BABS Rides in his ride reports on that site that rhymes with Guava.

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