Ford GoBike to Launch in Late June
Officials from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Ford Motor Company and Motivate today announced that the San Francisco Bay Area’s eagerly anticipated regional bike share network will launch June 28th.
The new Ford GoBike program represents a ten-fold expansion — from 700 bikes to 7,000 —beyond the existing pilot program known as Bay Area Bike Share. In tandem with today’s launch announcement, the new FordGoBike.com website was unveiled. 1,000 limited-edition Founding Memberships with extra perks are immediately available on the site.
Officials also outlined plans for bike share’s first-ever integration with regional transit via the Clipper® card along with details of the Bike Share for All program, the nation’s most comprehensive bike share equity program.
As part of this commitment, Motivate is placing at least 20 percent of stations in MTC designated communities of concern, providing a discounted membership option for low-income residents, and working with MTC to conduct outreach to low income residents and residents whose first language is other than English.
Ford GoBike stations will open in San Francisco, the East Bay and San Jose on a rolling basis starting in late June. By the end of this summer there will be 4,000 Ford GoBike bicycles throughout the Bay Area. By the end of next year, Ford GoBike will include 7,000 bikes at 546 Ford GoBike stations spanning San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Berkeley and Emeryville.
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 powers over 56,000 bikes across four continents. Motivate systems, including Citi Bike in New York, Divvy in Chicago, Capital Bikeshare in the D.C. area, Hubway in the Boston area and BIKETOWN in Portland, Ore. were responsible for over 80 percent of bike share trips taken in 2016. Motivate also operates Ford GoBike in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is beginning a ten-fold expansion to 7000 bikes this June. www.motivateco.com
About the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
MTC is a transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, go to http://mtc.ca.gov.