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Berkeley Bike Share 

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Berkeley now has a bike sharing system with the launch of Ford GoBike (previously Bay Area Bike Share).  Bike share will create a 24-hour, regional transportation network for short, one-way trips by bike. When the system is complete in 2018, Berkeley will have 38 bike share stations with over 400 bikes. Berkeley’s bikes and bike stations will be part of a larger network that will allow people to more easily connect to BART and AC Transit as well as other key destinations in Oakland and Emeryville. The bike share system expansion will also include Emeryville (100 bikes), Oakland (850), San Francisco (4,500) and San Jose (1,000). This bike sharing system is a partnership between The City of Berkeley, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Bay Area Motivate.
 
 
Find a bike share station near you: https://member.fordgobike.com/map/

Why Bike Sharing?

Berkeley’s bike share system will be extensive

  •  A key part of a larger network: By 2018, Berkeley will be part of a 7,000 bike regional bike share network including Oakland, Emeryville, San Francisco and San Jose. In 2018 when the system is complete, the Bay Area will have one of the largest and densest bike share systems in North America. 
  •  Bike share is already a big success: Bay Area Bike Share users have ridden over 1,400,000 miles so far. 

Biking is increasingly how Berkeleyans want to get around

  •  Berkeley is a bike city: One in ten Berkeley residents bike to work, the highest share of bike commuters of any city our size. 
  •  Even more Berkeleyans want to bike: bike share addresses several concerns that limit bicycling in Berkeley. Approximately 70% of Berkeleyans were "interested but concerned" about bicycling, according to a survey for the City's 2017 Bicycle Plan. This means the majority of Berkeley residents would be willing to bike if the right bikeway facilities were provided. 
  •  Low-stress bikeways are coming: Berkeley’s 2017 Bicycle Plan proposes a network of 20 new low-stress protected bikeways and 9 bike boulevards which will help address concerns about bikeway facilities.  
  •  Bike share improves access to bikes: bike share addresses the next three biggest concerns about bicycling: home storage, theft and maintenance. Once a member returns a bike to a station, they are not responsible for theft or maintenance. Members will not need to bring their shared bike home or have to fix flat tires. 

Bike share was designed by Berkeleyans

  •  Community planning: Bike share station locations were selected by Berkeleyans at 6 dedicated community planning workshops , held around Berkeley over approximately 8 months from December, 2015 to September, 2016.  
  •  Extensive input: 268 station suggestions were received online and over 120 people participated in planning workshops.  

Bike share is Green, just like Berkeley

  •  Helps us meet our climate goals: 47% of Berkeley’s greenhouse gas emissions are from transportation. Bike share releases zero emissions, and will help us meet our Climate Action Plan targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33% below year 2000 levels by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Bike share users have avoided emitting 498 tons of carbon so far, while burning 63 million calories. 

Bike share means business

  •  Boosts retail sales: A 2014 Capital Bike Share member survey found that its riders make more trips to restaurants and stores than they normally would without bike share. In addition, an academic study found that 23% of Capital Bike Share riders spent more money because they used the system. Similar effects have been documented elsewhere. More than eight in ten Capital Bike Share survey respondents said they are either much more likely (37%) or somewhat more likely (48%) to patronize an establishment that is accessible to bike share. 

Bike share is accessible to people of all income levels

  • Reduced fare program: One-time $5 annual memberships available to adults who qualify for Calfresh, a PG&E CARE utility discount, or a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Lifeline Pass. Discounted memberships can be purchased on the Bike Share For All website, or with cash or a credit card at the Downtown Berkeley Bike Station, located at 2208 Shattuck Ave. 
 Frequently asked questions: 

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about bike share in Berkeley. 

Public workshops and hearings:

Press releases:

Contact:

Beth Thomas

Transportation Division

bathomas@cityofberkeley.info

510.981.7068

Partial funding for staff support provided by:

  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  • Alameda County Transportation Commission

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