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BIKE SHARE COMING TO BERKELEY!
Give input on locations for possible stations

Berkeley, California (Friday, January 22, 2016) - With bike share coming later this year to Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville, take part in a workshop to weigh in on potential station locations to design a useful and inclusive bike share system. The first meeting is Monday night in downtown Berkeley! 

Berkeley, which encompasses just over 10 square miles, will have 37 stations and 400 bike share bicycles - making it even easier to bike in one of the nation's most active bicycling communities. Bike share will create a 24-hour, regional transportation network for short, one-way trips. Grab a bike near home, office, or school. Pedal to a meeting, errand or family visit in Berkeley, Emeryville or Oakland. When the visit is complete, grab a bike and cycle back to Berkeley. For trips out of the East Bay, use bike share as a quick way to get to BART. 

An annual bike share pass will be $15 per month or $149 per year, which includes unlimited 30-minute trips. Reduced annual passes will be available for $5 per month or $60 a year for those who qualify for PG&E California Alternative Rates for Energy program. A 24-hour pass, for which prices are yet to be determined, will also be available. 

The shared bicycles in Berkeley will be part of a fleet of 7,000 bicycles in the region, building a robust network that includes San Jose and San Francisco. When the system is complete in 2018, the Bay Area will have one of the largest and densest bike share systems in North America. Residents and visitors can use bikes for commuting, fun or work. Twenty percent of Berkeley's stations will be in historically underserved communities. 

Berkeleyans love to bike. A survey for the City's Bicycle Plan, which is being updated this year, found that 70% of residents were "interested but concerned" about bicycling. The primary concern involved designing streets to better accommodate people biking. The update to the Bicycle Plan this year will work to address this. Bike share addresses the next three biggest concerns: bike theft, home storage and bicycle maintenance. 

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission selected Motivate, the nation's largest operator of bike share systems, to run Bay Area Bike share, and the Berkeley City Council approved the agreement on January 19. 

Help determine where the East Bay's bike share station locations will go at bike share workshops. Workshops are open to everyone, but each workshop will be focused on stations in those districts. More workshops will be scheduled in the future.

Berkeley Districts 4 & 7 (Downtown and Southside)

January 25, 2016
6:00PM - 7:00PM and 7:00PM - 8:00PM
YMCA Teen Center, 2111 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley

Berkeley Districts 3, 7 & 8 (South Berkeley)

February 25, 2016
6:00PM - 7:00PM and 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Location to be determined.

Additional neighborhood workshops will take place throughout the spring of 2016 in these cities, and will be announced online at bayareabikeshare.com/expansion. . Those unable to attend a workshop are encouraged to submit station ideas via the online suggest-a-station portal at suggest.bayareabikeshare.com.

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