While the City plays deaf about the need to provide local bus service by extending the 12-Folsom four more blocks east to Main Street from its current turn at 2nd Street, we are poised to be showered in bicycle sharing stations in the month of August.
For approximately $90 per year prepaid (still to be determined), you will be able to “check-out” a bicycle from any one of 35 San Francisco bicycle sharing stations and ride it to a destination station to “check-in” and give the next rider a chance to use the bike. The thought for now is that 30 minutes should cover the trip – though you can check in, wait 2 minutes, and check a bike out again to chain a trip if you are leisurely riding and stopping. If you take more than 30 minutes, you’ll pay additional charges. There will be shorter term memberships as well.
Most of the bike stations are centered around Caltrain, Market Street, and the downtown core. A map is available online of the proposed station locations. A SFMTA hearing is scheduled for Friday, June 14, 2013 at 10 am in Room 416 in San Francisco City Hall. From a recent email sent to interested parties:
Stations, which require no physical connections for its operation, will house a payment kiosk powered by a solar mast and battery backup, a map panel for system information and station sponsorship, and docks to hold bicycles for public use. Station locations were selected in close proximity to transit connections, bicycle facilities, and employment and residential centers and where there is the best access to potential users of the system.
Opinions on the proposed placement may be filed in writing prior to the hearing by email to me or firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Public Hearing.” Written opinions may also be transmitted to the Sustainable Streets Division via fax at 415.701.4737 or by mail: Engineering Public Hearing, Sustainable Streets Division, One South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor, and San Francisco, CA 94103-5417. Submitted opinions will become part of the official public record and will be brought to the attention of the person(s) conducting the hearing.
Please visit the SFMTA’s Bike Share website for more information!