Board of Supervisors unanimously approves contract; dates for first round of public planning workshops announced

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously earlier this month to authorize the City’s participation in a plan to grow the bike share program from 700 to 7,000 bikes in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville. This expansion will transform the successful pilot program into a new robust transportation option for the Bay Area. Under the plan, bike share in San Francisco will expand from 350 to 4,500 bikes, giving San Francisco the largest number of shared bikes per capita of any city in the nation and supporting San Francisco’s policy goals of increasing bicycling and reducing traffic fatalities.

The proposal was sponsored by Mayor Ed Lee, and Supervisors Scott Wiener, Eric Mar, Jane Kim, Mark Farrell, John Avalos, David Campos, Norman Yee, and President of the Board of Supervisors London Breed.

“A robust and sustainable bike share network will allow us to reap the benefits of bike share, including reducing traffic, improving public transit, and stimulating the local economy,” said Supervisor Wiener. “Through my work both on the Board of Supervisors and on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, I’ve pushed to bring bike share to San Francisco, and to expand it throughout the city. This is great news for our city, our transit system, and our residents.”

Supervisor Jane Kim whose district was included in the pilot program and will see additional growth under the expansion said, “The easier we can make it for people to get out of our crowded Muni buses and off our congested streets, the better our transportation system is for everyone. And expanding the bike share program will make it easier for people to choose biking as their mode of transportation.”

Supervisor David Campos added, “This major expansion of bike share stretching beyond downtown and into our neighborhoods will give more San Franciscans access to an alternative and environmentally friendly way to commute around the city. Bike share is a service that should benefit everyone around it, including those who have yet to try bicycling to get around San Francisco. I encourage everyone in the Mission District – and throughout San Francisco – to learn more about bike share and to engage in the planning process for the upcoming expansion.”

The expansion is slated to take place in phases – beginning in 2016 and continuing through 2018 – and will bring bike share to every district in San Francisco. Motivate, the program’s operator, will deliver this expansion at no cost to the taxpayers.

“This bike share expansion is the culmination of years of hard work by the SFMTA with our regional partners,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin. “It goes hand-in-hand with our efforts to improve conditions for cycling citywide and makes San Francisco’s streets safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to get around by bike.”

Motivate is committed to a robust community engagement process to select station locations that fit the needs of local residents and businesses. Today, Motivate announced the dates for the first round of public planning workshops for San Francisco, to take place in January 2016.

The public is invited to attend neighborhood workshops where they live, work or visit and provide input on potential local stations in their community. The workshop is offered at two times on each date and the same material will be covered at both times. Each workshop will be focused on stations in that locality.

The cities of Emeryville and San Jose have approved contracts similar to San Francisco. Oakland and Berkeley will finalize their agreements with Motivate in the spring. Additional neighborhood workshops will take place throughout the spring of 2016 in these cities, and will be announced on the Bay Area Bike Share website bayareabikeshare.com/expansion. People who cannot attend a workshop are encouraged to submit station ideas via the online suggest-a-station portal at suggest.bayareabikeshare.com.

San Francisco Bike Share Workshop Dates

District 8 Bike Share Workshop, co-sponsored by Supervisor WienerJanuary 12th, 20166:30PM – 7:30PM and 7:30PM – 8:30PMHarvey Milk Rec Center, 50 Scott St, San Francisco, CA 94117District 6 Bike Share Workshop, co-sponsored by Supervisor Jane KimJanuary 20th, 20166:30PM – 7:30PM and 7:30PM – 8:30PMGene Friend Rec Center, 270 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103District 9 Bike Share Workshop, co-sponsored by Supervisor David CamposJanuary 21st, 20166:00PM – 7:00PM and 7:00PM – 8:00PMMission Neighborhood Center, 362 Capp St, San Francisco, CA 94110About Bay Area Bike Share, operated by MotivateBay Area Bike Share is a quick, convenient, and affordable way to travel around the Bay Area. The system is growing from 700 to 7,000 bikes by 2018, and expanding into the East Bay. Bay Area Bike Share is operated by Motivate, a global leader in bike share. Motivate manages all of the largest bike share systems in the United States and many of the largest systems in the world, including Citi Bike (New York and Jersey City), 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. Motivate has been selected to operate a new system in Portland, Oregon that will launch in summer 2016. Learn more about Bay Area Bike Share at bayareabikeshare.com.CONTACTBay Area Bike Share, operated by Motivate:Dani Simonsmedia@motivateco.com(347) 916-0215

Bike Share Moves Forward in San Francisco — Motivate

Bike Share Moves Forward in San Francisco

Board of Supervisors unanimously approves contract; dates for first round of public planning workshops announced

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously earlier this month to authorize the City’s participation in a plan to grow the bike share program from 700 to 7,000 bikes in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville. This expansion will transform the successful pilot program into a new robust transportation option for the Bay Area. Under the plan, bike share in San Francisco will expand from 350 to 4,500 bikes, giving San Francisco the largest number of shared bikes per capita of any city in the nation and supporting San Francisco’s policy goals of increasing bicycling and reducing traffic fatalities.

The proposal was sponsored by Mayor Ed Lee, and Supervisors Scott Wiener, Eric Mar, Jane Kim, Mark Farrell, John Avalos, David Campos, Norman Yee, and President of the Board of Supervisors London Breed.

“A robust and sustainable bike share network will allow us to reap the benefits of bike share, including reducing traffic, improving public transit, and stimulating the local economy,” said Supervisor Wiener. “Through my work both on the Board of Supervisors and on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, I’ve pushed to bring bike share to San Francisco, and to expand it throughout the city. This is great news for our city, our transit system, and our residents.”

Supervisor Jane Kim whose district was included in the pilot program and will see additional growth under the expansion said, “The easier we can make it for people to get out of our crowded Muni buses and off our congested streets, the better our transportation system is for everyone. And expanding the bike share program will make it easier for people to choose biking as their mode of transportation.”

Supervisor David Campos added, “This major expansion of bike share stretching beyond downtown and into our neighborhoods will give more San Franciscans access to an alternative and environmentally friendly way to commute around the city. Bike share is a service that should benefit everyone around it, including those who have yet to try bicycling to get around San Francisco. I encourage everyone in the Mission District – and throughout San Francisco – to learn more about bike share and to engage in the planning process for the upcoming expansion.”

The expansion is slated to take place in phases – beginning in 2016 and continuing through 2018 – and will bring bike share to every district in San Francisco. Motivate, the program’s operator, will deliver this expansion at no cost to the taxpayers.

“This bike share expansion is the culmination of years of hard work by the SFMTA with our regional partners,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin. “It goes hand-in-hand with our efforts to improve conditions for cycling citywide and makes San Francisco’s streets safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to get around by bike.”

Motivate is committed to a robust community engagement process to select station locations that fit the needs of local residents and businesses. Today, Motivate announced the dates for the first round of public planning workshops for San Francisco, to take place in January 2016.

The public is invited to attend neighborhood workshops where they live, work or visit and provide input on potential local stations in their community. The workshop is offered at two times on each date and the same material will be covered at both times. Each workshop will be focused on stations in that locality.

The cities of Emeryville and San Jose have approved contracts similar to San Francisco. Oakland and Berkeley will finalize their agreements with Motivate in the spring. Additional neighborhood workshops will take place throughout the spring of 2016 in these cities, and will be announced on the Bay Area Bike Share website bayareabikeshare.com/expansion. People who cannot attend a workshop are encouraged to submit station ideas via the online suggest-a-station portal at suggest.bayareabikeshare.com.

San Francisco Bike Share Workshop Dates

District 8 Bike Share Workshop, co-sponsored by Supervisor WienerJanuary 12th, 20166:30PM – 7:30PM and 7:30PM – 8:30PMHarvey Milk Rec Center, 50 Scott St, San Francisco, CA 94117District 6 Bike Share Workshop, co-sponsored by Supervisor Jane KimJanuary 20th, 20166:30PM – 7:30PM and 7:30PM – 8:30PMGene Friend Rec Center, 270 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103District 9 Bike Share Workshop, co-sponsored by Supervisor David CamposJanuary 21st, 20166:00PM – 7:00PM and 7:00PM – 8:00PMMission Neighborhood Center, 362 Capp St, San Francisco, CA 94110About Bay Area Bike Share, operated by MotivateBay Area Bike Share is a quick, convenient, and affordable way to travel around the Bay Area. The system is growing from 700 to 7,000 bikes by 2018, and expanding into the East Bay. Bay Area Bike Share is operated by Motivate, a global leader in bike share. Motivate manages all of the largest bike share systems in the United States and many of the largest systems in the world, including Citi Bike (New York and Jersey City), 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. Motivate has been selected to operate a new system in Portland, Oregon that will launch in summer 2016. Learn more about Bay Area Bike Share at bayareabikeshare.com.CONTACTBay Area Bike Share, operated by Motivate:Dani Simonsmedia@motivateco.com(347) 916-0215