The San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will consider a proposal to dramatically expand the number of Bay Area Bike Share bikes from the current 700 up to 7,000 bikes, with up to 4,500 bikes for the city of San Francisco, 1000 for San Jose, and 850 bikes in Oakland.
Motivate, the company that operates Bay Area Bike Share, would pay for the new bikes and stations. Under their proposal, Motivate plans to divvy these new bikes and stations around the Bay Area in a staged deployment beginning in June, 2016.
- Berkeley – 400 bikes
- Emeryville – 100 bikes
- Oakland – 850 bikes
- San Francisco – 4500 bikes
- San Jose – 1000 bikes
Motivate would retain ownership of all bike share bikes and equipment, with sponsorship and advertising rights.
Motivate also agreed to support low-income and limited-English-proficiency membership efforts through pricing and station siting. PG&E’s California Alternate Rates for Energy program will be used to determine low-fee eligibility.
The MTC will consider this agreement at their April 8 Administrative Committee meeting. If this committee approves this agreement, it moves on the full commission for their consideration.
Read the MTC agenda item here [PDF].