Bike Sharing San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties
In October 2010, MTC and the Bay Area Air Quality District announced the funding of a new regional bike sharing program to provide 1,000 bikes through San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. The system is expected to be functional by the end of 2011. Eventually the program is intended to expand to 13,000 bicycles.
Bikes and Locations
San Francisco would get 50 stations with 500 bikes. The stations would be around Market Street, the financial district, Transbay Terminal and the Caltrain station.
San Mateo County would get one station at the Redwood City Caltrain station with others around town yet to be determined and 100 bikes.
Santa Clara County would get 400 bikes at the Mountain View, Palo Alto and the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Stations and at other locations yet to be determined.
$1.4 Million from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District
$4.29 million for a MTC Climate Initiative Competitive Grant Program
$1.3 million from Partner groups. These partner groups are: SFMTA, VTA, Caltrain, Samtrans, Redwood City and San Mateo County.
Total $7.9 Million
Additional Information on funding.
This is currently only a two year pilot project. The $7.9 million includes operating funds for only the first two years. After two years the operators of the bike sharing program will be required to find operating funds if revenue from the program does not cover the operating costs. A similar sized program in Washington DC has annual operating costs of $2 million.
How It Works
A membership with low annual, monthly or daily fee is required. The first 30 minutes of usage is free. However there are added usage fees if the bike is kept longer than 30 minutes. No details on the actual fees are available yet, but below are the current fees for a similar bike share system in operation in Washington DC
Washington DC Capital Bike Share Fees Website www.Capitalbikeshare.com
Membership Fee Usage Fees
24 Hours $5.00 0-30 Minutes Fee
30 Days $25 31-60 Minutes $1.50
Annual $75 61-90 Minutes $3.00
Each additional 30 Minutes $6.00
The high usage or "rental" cost after 90 minutes is to discourage holding the bike and preventing others from "sharing" it.
Duration: This is a 1-2 year pilot program. What happens after two years is not defined.
Future Expansion: The goals for future expansion are
San Francisco would have 2,750 bikes
San Mateo County would continue with 100 bikes
Santa Clara County would have 10,000 bikes
Bike SMC Position is being developed with our members input. Below is a start of our position, however this in not complete and fully approved by our members.
Bike San Mateo County went on record in December to not endorse this plan at this time. Our recommendation is to first ensure the streets will safely accomodate bike share users and the limited funds be used to implement necessary street improvements prior to starting a bike share system. Unless the bike share users feel safe enough to use the system, we are concerned the bike share program will not be successfull. By ensuring the streets will properly accomodate bike share users, the chances of a successfull bike share system will be greatly increased. Our bike share position letter can be viewed at: http://bikesmc.org/BikeSMCBikeSharePositionDec2010.pdf
. In developing this position we conducted a discussion via our google group and developed a discussion document to show how this decision was determined. This can be viewed at: