Bay Area Bike Share (“BABS”) membership sign up begins today.
You can bet your bottom bracket that I’m signed up for the $88 annual membership. 24 hour membership runs $9, while 3 day memberships go for $22. Unlimited use of the bikes in San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose is included in this membership as long as you return the bike to a kiosk within 30 minutes. Go beyond 30 minutes and it’s $4 for the first hour, then $7 for each additional 30 minutes beyond that.
The 30 minute time limit encourages high turnover so more people can use the bikes. Otherwise, you might just ride the bike to your office and keep it there all day before returning home for the evening.
How does bike share ensure bike availability at transit stations during the commute? Workers balance the fleet by loading piles of bikes up on their trucks up to return them to heavily used kiosks. The process is reversed in the evening.
Go to Bay Area Bike Share and sign up today!