Have you biked on a Ford, lately?
The San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Transportation (MTC) announced a major re-branding of Bay Area Bike Share as “Ford GoBike” as Ford Smart Mobility becomes the title sponsor the Bike Share system in partnership with Bike Share operator Motivate.
Plan New Bike Share Locations
Join Bay Area Bike Share for a series of workshops to have your say in where new bike sharing locations will end up in your neighborhood.
San Francisco Bay Area Bike Share is expanding ten fold by 2017, and they seek your input for new Bike Share station locations in the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and San Jose. People use this online suggestion tool to nominate locations and vote on proposed station locations.
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].
San Francisco Bay Area Bike Share opened for business on August 29, 2014. I’m looking into the usage data over the past year and I’ll give my perspectives on what I find about usage in the South Bay.
MTC votes to continue bike share into 2015, expand program to East Bay, and take over operation from BAAQMD
The San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved $8.7 million to continue the SF Bay Area Bike Share program and expand it to cities in the East Bay at their monthly commission meeting earlier today.