Ford GoBike to Add More than 600 Ebikes to Its Bike Share Network in San Francisco
Ford GoBike Plus ebikes have proven extremely popular, being ridden nearly three times as often as classic bikes
SAN FRANCISCO – Ford GoBike announced today that it is significantly growing its ebike fleet and will begin adding more than 600 pedal-assist ebikes to its bike share network in San Francisco starting today, in addition to bringing ebikes to the East Bay and San Jose for the first time. First introduced in San Francisco’s Ford GoBike Plus fleet in April of this year, ebikes have an electric motor that gives riders a boost as they pedal.
“It’s more than clear that San Franciscans love ebikes, and we are thrilled to partner with SFMTA and MTC to bring even more Ford GoBike Plus ebikes to the city,” said Ford GoBike General Manager Emily Stapleton. “And with new stations installed from the Bayview to North Beach and even more to come in the next months, Ford GoBike is poised to serve more riders than ever in 2019.”
“The demand for electric GoBikes shows that communities across San Francisco are benefitting from this convenient and green transportation option,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “We are proud to support the regional efforts to extend the reach of bike share and open up the possibility of riding a bike to even more people.”
“Ebikes make bicycling more accessible for more people—they allow riders to go farther, faster, and are docked to avoid cluttering the sidewalks” said San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, who also serves on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). “I’m a bike share member myself, and I love ebikes! To reduce traffic congestion and combat climate change, we must make biking easier, and adding 600 ebikes will be a game-changer.”
“Ford GoBike’s Bike Share for All program has succeeded in expanding affordable and accessible transportation options to thousands of San Franciscans, giving the system the highest rate of low-income ridership in the country,” said San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Brian Wiedenmeier. “With more ebikes being added to the mix, we look forward to more barriers to biking for everyday transportation falling in neighborhoods and communities across our city.”
Ebikes require less physical exertion, flatten uphill trips, and offer a sweat-free ride, making cycling a more attractive option for a wider range of trip types. By making longer trips easier, ebikes also help shift travel patterns from cars to bikes. Ford GoBike Plus ebikes have been incredibly popular, being ridden nearly three times as often as classic Ford GoBikes on average since the April launch. With the expansion beginning today, there will soon be more than 800 ebikes in the Ford GoBike fleet in San Francisco.
Ford GoBike Plus ebikes can be unlocked using the Ford GoBike app or Clipper cards and docked at any of the nearly 150 bike share stations in San Francisco. Access to Ford GoBike Plus is included in the cost of a membership or pass. Memberships are available for $15 per month or $149 per year, with passes available at $2 for a single ride or $10 for a 24-hour access pass. Bike Share for All memberships are available to low-income residents at the discounted rate of $5 for their initial year and include unlimited rides, on ebikes or classic bikes, of up to 60 minutes.
This significant expansion of Ford GoBike’s ebike program comes on the heels of new stations recently added to the Ford GoBike network in San Francisco, including five in the Bayview, and several near the Panhandle. After the new ebikes are added to the network, there will be nearly 2,000 bikes, both Ford GoBike Plus and Classic, and nearly 150 stations serving the City of San Francisco.
About Ford GoBike
The Ford GoBike system is an integral part of the Bay Area’s transportation network. With more than 300 stations and 3,000 bikes on the ground across San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville, the system has generated over two million rides since launching in June 2017. At the forefront of bikeshare innovation, the system features the popular Ford GoBike Plus ebikes to help riders easily summit Bay Area hills as well as 200 dockless bikes in North San Jose. When completed, the 7,000-bike, 546-station Ford GoBike network will be the second-largest bike share system in North America, setting new national standards in density, convenience and equity. Ford GoBike is powered by Lyft, North America’s bike share leader.
About the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, and is the program administrator of the FordGoBike program. For more information, go to http://mtc.ca.gov.