Late Tuesday (October 15) the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced it was expanding the Bay Area Bike Share program outside of the city’s downtown areas into more residential neighborhoods.
The regional pilot bike sharing program launched in August with 350 bikes and 35 stations in San Francisco as part of a 700 bike and 70 station regional unveiling. They are located throughout South of Market and around the Financial District.
“With the initial roll-out phase of Bay Area Bike Share completed, we look forward to initiating the next phase of planning efforts to bring a fuller and more robust bike share system to San Francisco; continuing the innovative work we are doing to make bicycling an even more attractive mode of transportation,” stated Tom Nolan, a gay man who chairs the SFMTA Board of Directors.
In early 2014 the city intends to install 15 new stations and 150 new bikes. Gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener has been urging the SFMTA to station the bikes for rent in places like the gay Castro district, which he represents at City Hall.
New bike stations are also expected to be installed in Hayes Valley and Mission Bay as part of the expansion next year.
Tomorrow night (Wednesday, October 16) SFMTA officials will host an open house to hear from community members on where the new bike share stations should be located in the residential neighborhoods.
“As we work to improve San Francisco’s transportation system for those who live, work and visit San Francisco, residents, businesses and visitors play a huge role in the success of Bay Area Bike Share,” stated SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin. “This open house is another opportunity for the community to be a part of the program as we look for input on where to expand bike share in San Francisco.”
The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street at Octavia.