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Bay Area Bike Share Program Logs More Than 100K Trips

Do you think the Bay Area Bike Share program would work in the West Valley towns of Los Gatos, Campbell and Saratoga? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Courtesy Bay Area Bike Share.
Courtesy Bay Area Bike Share.

—By Bay City News Service

Bay Area Bike Share has logged more than 100,000 trips made by people using its bikes in the first four months of the pilot program, a spokesman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Monday. 

The 100,000 trips were made between Aug. 29, when the program started, and Dec. 29. The cities participating so far are San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto, air district spokesman Tom Flannigan said.

When the program began, there were 700 of the seven-speed bikes available at 70 kiosks scattered throughout the participating cities.

By the end of this year, the number of bicycle stations in those cities will expand to 100, and there will be a total of 1,000 bikes in the system, Flannigan said.

The bikes are intended for short trips of 30 minutes or less. A daily pass costs $9 and allows the user to make unlimited short trips on the bike. If the bike usage exceeds 30 minutes, the user is charged a $4 fee. Three-day passes cost $22, and an annual membership costs $88. 

The $11.2 million project is a partnership between the air quality district, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Caltrain, SamTrans, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Mateo County, San Francisco and Redwood City. 

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Ann Jasper January 18, 2014 at 12:51 PM
This would be great for Los Gatos - at least, it's worth a try. I have ridden these bikes, and they're incredibly user-friendly. They would be a great alternative to driving downtown and fighting for parking spots when meeting friends for lunch. Trips of 5 miles won't take much longer than driving that same distance, especially when you factor in how long you spend circling the parking lots. The terrain between the various neighborhoods/downtown is not hilly. And, being environmentally friendly is cool!
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz January 18, 2014 at 04:30 PM
It's def' worth a try
Larry Arzie January 18, 2014 at 07:35 PM
They are spreading out the bike stations too far from each other. 30 minuets barely gets you a mile and back. Then you are fined, 4 bucks. Orange bike in Europe is considerably better for the consumer, but they are located in heavily populated areas and not good for us. If I remember right a flat hourly rate is charged and often the stations were private enterprise. More Stations are necessary to induce people to use them for work purposes.
Marilyn Leonard January 20, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Great idea! Hope it catches on! It is working well in other cities, like Washington, D.C.

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