Name that Bike Share!

The San Francisco Bay Area Bike Share funded by a grant from the San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District and (probably) operated by Alta Bicycle Share needs a more manageable name.

The names the Bike Share people have come up with so far include “BABS” (for Bay Area Bike share and pronounced “babs”) and “BayBi” (pronounced “baby” like “Take BayBi to work” or “BayBi has grown!”).

Post your ideas here and I’ll try to pass them along to the People In Charge Of These Kinds Of Things.

Some things off the top of my head: Bay Area Ride Free (BARF), Bay Area Ride Share (BARS).


  • MikeOnBike
    May 9, 2012 - 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Hmm, those all seem a bit clumsy.  How about “Bikehopper”?  Hop on a bike to get where you’re going.

    Have they figured out what to do about helmets?  I assume they’re not doing “helmet share”.

  • May 9, 2012 - 3:22 pm | Permalink

    One of the “technical specifications” the applicants were graded on included their answer to the question “Provide your perspective on how best to address the topic of helmets.”  But I haven’t see the responses from the winning vendors, so no idea what they’ll do.

    The presumed winner (Alta) runs Boston’s Hubway, which famously doesn’t do helmets.

  • MikeOnBike
    May 9, 2012 - 3:28 pm | Permalink

    In California, helmets are mandatory for those under 18, so I presume no families can use bike share.

    Is the situation similar in MA?

  • May 10, 2012 - 9:39 am | Permalink

    I think Massachusetts law says those under 12 (I supposed I could Google that).

    Bike share kiosks in Redwood City will be placed at city parks and schools so had a similar question about families and helmets for our local program.

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    May 11, 2012 - 1:59 pm | Permalink

    SFBS ha!

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