New system will be 7,000 bikes strong and bring bike share to East Bay for first time New online portal suggest.bayareabikeshare.com enables residents to propose station location ideas
OAKLAND – The Metropolitan Transportation Commission today voted to enter into a contract with Motivate, the nation’s largest bike share operator. Motivate will evolve the regional bike share program from a successful pilot to a robust transportation option for the region, all at no cost to taxpayers. Under the terms of the new contract, the program will grow tenfold from 700 to 7,000 bikes in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville — bringing bike share for the first time to the East Bay.
Bike share station locations will be developed in consultation with residents and local businesses, through a series open forums and outreach events. Motivate also announced today it is launching an online station suggestion portal at suggest.bayareabikeshare.com where residents can immediately suggest locations for bike share stations.
“Bike share is revolutionizing the way people move around cities,” said Jay Walder, President & CEO of Motivate. “It’s a true 21st century transportation option, flexible, healthy and environmentally friendly. I am very excited that bike share will become an essential part of the urban fabric of the Bay Area.”
All five local-area mayors shared their enthusiasm for the program.
“When we launched Bay Area Bike Share nearly two years ago, it transformed the way residents and visitors moved around the Bay Area with an easy, convenient, affordable and healthy transportation option in our world-class transportation network,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “The expansion of this popular program will help residents and visitors move around our diverse San Francisco neighborhoods and around the Bay Area region more easily.”
“Oakland is at the center of the BART and AC Transit systems, and bike sharing can effectively extend the reach of those services,” said Oakland Mayor and MTC Commissioner Libby Schaaf. “I can’t wait to bring the benefits of bike sharing to Oakland to serve neighborhoods and residents from our downtown corridor to East and West Oakland.”
“San Jose is committed to working regionally to implement smart, sustainable strategies that invest in the urban cores and transit corridors, and promote walking, bicycling and transit,” said San Jose Mayor and MTC Commissioner Sam Liccardo. “The eight-fold increase in the number of bicycles available in San Jose will bring the benefits of bike share to a much greater share of our residents, making the commute greener and more affordable.”
“Berkeley looks forward to being a partner in the expansion of bike share,” said Berkeley Mayor and MTC Commissioner Tom Bates. “It is a major step forward not only in making our city one of the greenest and most bike-friendly communities in the nation but also in strengthening the Bay Area’s regional network of accessible and sustainable public transit options.”
“The City of Emeryville is thrilled to have regional bike share serve Emeryville and the action by MTC today moves our vision for active transportation in dense mixed use areas, needing solutions to get that ‘last mile’ to transit opportunities to a reality. With no hills, attractive destinations, and large residential, employment and shopping centers, we are well situated to embrace bike share,” said Emeryville Mayor Ruth Atkin. “With three neighboring BART stations, we continually support transit and active transportation with the Emery Go Round (a free shuttle serving employment, retail and residential centers), carsharing, and integrated bike routes. Bike share is a critical and timely service for our more active population, allowing flexibility and complimentary routes to the shuttle, while allowing overcrowding on shuttles to be reduced. We could not be more pleased to consider up to a dozen stations and 100 or more bikes in Emeryville, complementing our award winning Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and model shuttle program.”
Twenty percent of stations will be placed in MTC-designated Communities of Concern, putting equity at the core of the program’s design, as it expands throughout the region. Discounted passes will be made available to customers enrolled in Bay Area utility lifeline programs.
“This dramatic expansion of Bay Area bike share is key to reaping the significant benefits a robust bike share network will provide,” said MTC Commissioner Scott Wiener, who is also a Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. “I’m proud to support the proposal today at the MTC, and I look forward to working to bring this critical transportation program to more neighborhoods in San Francisco.
“I’m encouraged by the efforts of Motivate and the cities to put equity concerns front and center,” said MTC Chair and Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese. “I look forward to working with Motivate to expand bike share to serve more Bay Area residents.”
The system will be brought to scale gradually, with installation of new stations throughout 2016 and 2017. The expansion will be accomplished through a public-private partnership at no cost to taxpayers.
Motivate is the current operator of the Bay Area Bike Share pilot, having won a competitive bid to do so in 2013. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) launched the Bay Area Bike Share in August 2013 with a 700-bike system. Bike stations in San Francisco have accounted for about 90 percent of all trips during the pilot phase.
B-roll footage of bike share available upon request.
Motivate is a global leader in bike share. A full-service bike share operator and technology innovator, Motivate works to re-envision how people experience and move around cities. Motivate currently manages all of the largest bike share systems in the United States and many of the largest systems in the world, including Bay Area Bike Share (California Bay Area), Citi Bike (New York), Divvy (Chicago), CoGo Bike Share (Columbus, Ohio), Capital Bike Share (Washington, D.C.; Arlington and Alexandria, Va.; and Montgomery County, Md.), Hubway (Boston, Somerville, Cambridge and Brookline, Mass.), Pronto (Seattle), Bike Chattanooga (Tenn.), Bike Share Toronto and Melbourne Bike Share in Australia as well as Bay Area Bike Share. Motivate recently was selected to launch a new system in Jersey City, N.J., that will be compatible with Citi Bike.
MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2015 New system will be 7,000 bikes strong and bring bike share to East Bay for first time New online portal suggest.bayareabikeshare.com enables residents to propose station location ideas OAKLAND – The Metropolitan Transportation Commission today voted to enter into a contract with Motivate, the nation’s largest bike share operator. […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 27, 2015 New system will be 7,000 bikes strong and bring bike share to East Bay for first timeNew online portal suggest.bayareabikeshare.com enables residents to propose station location ideas OAKLAND – The Metropolitan Transportation Commission today voted to enter into a contract with Motivate, the nation’s largest bike share operator. Motivate will […]