Transit planners in San Francisco are eying five locations in the city’s gay Castro district to install additional bike share stations as they look to expand the program outside of downtown neighborhoods.
As the Bay Area Reporter noted on its blog last October, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency set a goal of installing 15 new stations and adding 150 bikes to the program in 2014. In addition to the Castro, the agency said it would target Hayes Valley, the Mission, and Mission Bay for expansion sites.
During this morning’s (May 1) Castro Merchants meeting, SFMTA senior transportation planner Heath Maddox presented the various locations along upper Market Street the agency is considering to place the new bike share stations.
The list included the intersections of Market and Duboce, Market and Church, Market and Sanchez, Market and 16th, and Market and Castro. Other locations being eyed include both Duboce and Dolores parks.
“We have had overwhelming demand for these,” said Maddox. “People want to see it where they live, work, play and shop.”
Castro area merchants voiced concerns about seeing coveted parking spaces in the business corridor be taken over by the bike share stations. Each station would have 19 to 23 bikes and take up three parking spaces to install.
Between Dolores and Castro Street along Market Street, the SFMTA is looking to use 12 parking spaces to expand the bike share program. Nine would be located on Market Street and three on Church Street.
“These are preliminary, there is some flexibility in where you put them down,” said Maddox. “We understand, of course, it is a hot button issue. We are looking at ways to lessen the impact.”
The agency would like to have a final decision on the locations for the bike share stations by the end of the year.
“Our approach is to go where we are wanted,” stressed Maddox. “If Castro merchants and residents said, ‘Do not bring bike sharing,’ we would certainly listen to that.”
There are currently 350 bikes scattered across 35 stations in San Francisco. Regionally, there is a total of 700 bikes and 70 stations.
It costs $88 for an annual pass, $22 for a three-day pass and $9 for a daily pass. Each pass provides for unlimited 30-minute trips during the membership period.
Trips longer than 30 minutes cost an additional $4 for the next 30 to 60 minutes and $7 for each additional 30 minutes after that.