The Bay Area Bike Share program, which features 700 bicycles for rent around the clock in San Francisco, San Jose, Redwood City, Mountain View and Palo Alto, takes its official bow tomorrow, Aug. 29.
Most bikes are meant for short hops of a half-hour or less. They will be largely stationed near public transit hubs and popular destinations. The bikes will cost $9 for a daily pass, $22 for a three-day pass and $88 for yearlong access.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition states on its website: “A robust bike share system will open up the joy of biking to everyone in San Francisco, increasing business, relieving crowding on our trains and buses and sealing our reputation as the world’s most innovative city.”
The program clocks in at an estimated $11.2 million. The Coalition is advocating for full-scale bike sharing starting next year, with about 3,000 bicycles in use. San Francisco leaders Scott Wiener and David Chiu have sponsored the proposal.
So why not get on a bike tomorrow? With the Bay Bridge closed, traffic will be a bear. Best to avoid it.
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