Bay Area Bike Share reaches milestone - 500,000 trips and counting!
In April 2015 Bay Area Bike Share reached a new milestone of half a million trips taken since its launch in August, 2013. To date, over 5,900 annual members and tens of thousands of casual members have enjoyed this fun and environmentally-friendly mode of active transportation. Collectively, Bay Area Bike Share members achieved these impressive results:
- Trips taken: 500,000 +
- Miles ridden: 931,636
- Calories burned: 40 million
- Pounds of carbon offset: 632,182
Bay Area Bike Share has received numerous accolades and recognition, including two statewide awards for excellence in 2014:
- Breathe California Clean Air transportation award for creating the first bike share system to launch in California and in the U.S. as a unified regional system. Bay Area Bike Share was honored as a program that provides an easy and cost-effective “last mile” solution linking public transit with riders’ final destinations in the cities along the Caltrain commuter rail corridor in San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View, and San Jose.
- California Transportation Award for Pedestrian/Bicycle Project of the Year, for excellence in California transportation.
This regional bike sharing system launched in 2013 with 700 bikes at 70 stations in five cities, including Redwood City. The bikes are available for public use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at specific locations in San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View, and San Jose.
Bay Area Bike Share provides bicycles for short-term public use, offering an easy and cost-effective "last mile" solution and linking public transit with riders' destinations. Members simply check out a bicycle from a station, ride to a destination in the service area, and return the bicycle to any station. Memberships are available for one year, three days, or one day. Visit the Bay Area Bike Share website at www.bayareabikeshare.com for more details, including membership information and rates, or view a video tutorial here.
This regional pilot program, led by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, is funded through local, regional, and federal grants. Program partners include the San Mateo County Transit District, the City of Redwood City, San Mateo County, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.