Ford Go Bike Announces Innovative Miles-for-Miles Partnership with Alaska Airlines, Celebrates Expansion in San Jose
Riders can earn 10 Mileage Plan miles with each Ford GoBike ride
Regional bike share network now has over 300 bicycles at 34 stations in San Jose, in addition to San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville service.
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Ford GoBike and Alaska Airlines joined by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, regional officials and community members, today announced the launch of their founding partnership with an innovative new miles-for-miles program. Ford GoBike riders can now earn 10 Alaska Mileage Plan miles for each Ford GoBike ride anywhere in the Bay Area. Today’s event, held at San Pedro Square Market, also celebrated the expansion of Ford GoBike into San Jose. Since launching in July, the Ford GoBike system has grown to include over 300 bikes at 34 stations in San Jose.
From swiping their Clipper® card to earning Alaska Airline miles, our unique partnerships are giving Ford GoBike riders new ways to explore the possibilities of urban mobility,” said Jay Walder, president and CEO of Motivate, which operates Ford GoBike. “Ford GoBikes have already become a key part of the transportation network in the Bay Area. We’re proud to provide San Jose residents with reliable, safe and equitable service and a fun new way to get around town.”
“We’re thrilled to offer the first-ever member rewards program for Ford GoBike that will help travelers take advantage of the beautiful Bay Area,” said Diana Birkett Rakow, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of external relations. “Not only are Bay Area guests getting to know Alaska Airlines and our award-winning service, but residents will also continue to see our strong commitment to the community like our contribution to Salvation Army’s North Bay relief efforts. As part of creating an airline that people love, we’re dedicated to providing affordable, sustainable and convenient travel options.”
“I applaud this partnership, and am excited to see the Ford GoBike program flourish in San Jose. Equitable, affordable, and accessible bicycle transportation can reduce traffic, improve air quality, and ease commuter access to public transit hubs,” said San Jose Mayor and Metropolitan Transportation Commissioner Sam Liccardo. “I look forward to Ford GoBike’s continued expansion as we work to make San Jose a leader in bicycle-friendly American cities.”
“Downtown San Jose is growing rapidly, and Ford GoBike is leading the way to get folks out of their cars and commuting in style,” said Councilmember Raul Peralez, who represents downtown San Jose. “Thanks to Motivate and Alaska Airlines for their continued investment in our city.”
As part of the founding partnership, Alaska Airlines is the marketing sponsor of 100 percent of Ford GoBike stations in San Jose and 250 stations throughout the Bay Area.
Bike enthusiasts can sign up for Alaska Mileage Plan free and learn more here.
San Jose is part of the regional network of Ford GoBike, which now consists of 240 stations throughout San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville, as well as San Jose. Expansion in San Jose is well underway and continuing: in addition to the 34 existing stations and nine planned stations being installed soon, 21 additional stations have been proposed and are going through the community review process. By the end of 2018, there will be more than 80 stations in San Jose. San Jose residents ages 18 and older who qualify for Calfresh, SFMTA (Low Income) Lifeline Passes or PG&E CARE utility discount are also eligible for a $5 annual Ford GoBike membership through the Bike Share for All program, developed in partnership with the MTC.
Alaska Airlines joins other major brands including Ford in the Bay Area, and others including Nike, Citi, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Hulu, that have made major investments in bike share programs from New York City to Portland to support smart mobility and sustainability.
About Ford GoBike
Ford GoBike, the San Francisco Bay Area’s new regional bike share network, is a public-private partnership between the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and global bike share leader Motivate. Ford Motor Company is the program’s title partner, whose support enables Ford GoBike to bring the myriad public benefits of state-of-the-art bike share to San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville—at zero cost to taxpayers for capital or operational expenditures. When completed in 2018, the 7,000-bike, 546-station Ford GoBike network will be the second-largest bike share system in North America, while setting new national standards in density, convenience, and socio-economic equity. For more information, visit: https://www.fordgobike.com.
Motivate, the global leader in bike share, operates tens of thousands of bikes across four continents. Led by an executive team with deep experience at the highest levels of public transportation and technology, the company is relentlessly focused on innovation and has a proven and sustainable business model to manage complex operations and logistics. A vertically integrated company, Motivate controls the full technology stack, enabling us to lead on the design and deployment of the next generation of bike share technology. Motivate works in close partnership with cities to implement bike share systems that meet the unique needs of the places in which we operate. Motivate systems, including Citi Bike in New York, Divvy in Chicago, Capital Bikeshare in the D.C. area, Hubway in the Boston area, BIKETOWN in Portland, and Ford GoBike in the San Francisco Bay Area, are responsible for over 80 percent of bike share trips taken annually across the U.S. To learn more please visit the Motivate newsroom at https://www.motivateco.com/news.
About Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million guests a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. With Alaskaand Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America” in the J.D. Power North America Satisfaction Study for 10 consecutive years from 2008 to 2017. Learn more about Alaska’s award-winning service at newsroom.alaskaair.com and blog.alaskaair.com. Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).
About the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. MTC also manages the Bay Area’s Clipper® card, which can now be used to unlock Ford GoBike. For more information, go to http://mtc.ca.gov.