Bay Area Bike Share (BABS) released their three month report card. Since the system opened to the public on August 29, 2013, 3,200 annual members and another 10,000 casual users have racked up 178,000 miles on 80,000 trips.
The system averages 878 rides per day. With 650 bikes now available for use system wide, that works out to about 1.4 rides per bike per day.
By comparison, Chicago’s Divvy system, which began two months before BABS, averaged 2.3 rides per day per bike after 90 days of operation. New York Citibike currently averages 5.8 trips per bike per day. The Bay Area Air Quality District, which funds BABS, says they’re happy with the numbers and believes the system’s expansion to 1,000 bikes and 100 stations in 2014 will help to boost ridership.
BABS also announced the availability of corporate partners to make bike share membership available to employees at a discounted fee. Various partnership levels are available, beginning with a “Level 1” that involves a $100 setup fee that entitles employees to a discounted $75 annual membership fee. For those who can commit to at least 50 employees signing up for the system, but member discounted fee is only $65 per employee. For more information, visit the BABS corporate partnership page.
Bay Area Bike Share operates in San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose and remains open throughout the winter. And, hey, Don’t you think Bay Area Bike Share membership might make a nifty Christmas present for a close friend or loved one?
I tell you what: I have a free BABS day pass to give away in San Jose if you meet me at the San Fernando green bikeway ribbon cutting happening at 8 AM.