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Press Contact: Matthai Chakko, (510) 981-7008

PROPOSE THE FINAL BIKE SHARE STATIONS AT SEPT. 28, 29 WORKSHOPS
Meetings will focus on Downtown, LeConte, West, South and North Berkeley

Berkeley, California (Monday, September 26, 2016) - The first 17 Berkeley stations have been planned for bike share, a regional, 24-7 transportation network for short, one-way tips. Help determine where the final 20 stations in Berkeley should go.

As part of final phase of planning stations, public workshops on September 28 and 29 will help define locations for remaining bike share stations. Use a map of the planned and proposed stations to identify gaps.  17 Stations

In this final phase, stations will extend as far North as the Gourmet Ghetto and North Campus, and as far west as the Amtrak Station and 4th Street.

The first phases focused on the downtown and being in close proximity to BART stops, where high concentrations of residents live, work and shop. Combined with two dozen more stations in Oakland and Emeryville, the first two phases create a bike share corridor from Downtown Berkeley all the way to Jack London Square.

The third and final phase will place bike stations in close proximity, within a 5-10 minute walk of many neighborhoods. These stations will move further into neighborhoods and fill in some area gaps. Transportation affects social equity. At least seven stations will be in historically underserved neighborhoods in South and West Berkeley. See a map of phase 3 areas to see the zones where expansion will focus.  

Help plan out Bike Share at these meetings or online:

South and West Berkeley
September 28, 2016
6 - 7:30pm
(open house format)  
Sierra Club, SF Bay Chapter
2530 San Pablo Ave Ste I. Berkeley

Downtown, North Berkeley and Le Conte
September 29, 2016
6 - 7:30pm
(open house format) 
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Ave, Berkeley

Those unable to attend a workshop are encouraged to submit station ideas via the online suggest-a-station portal at suggest.bayareabikeshare.comCM2

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. Grab a bike near your home, office, or school. Pedal to a meeting, to an errand or visit family in Berkeley, Emeryville or Oakland. When your visit is complete, grab a bike and cycle back to Berkeley. 

Bike share will make it even easier to use BART and AC Transit, which are not in walking distance for many people. Bike share not only can be spread into many neighborhoods, bike stations easily integrate with mass transit - decreasing dependency on cars and making for more sustainable communities. 

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 qualifying for PG&E California Alternative Rates for Energy program. A 24-hour pass will also be available once prices are determined. 

Berkeley's shared bicycles will be part of a fleet of 7,000 bicycles in the region, building a robust network that includes San Jose and San Francisco. In 2018 when the system is complete, 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. 

Come to the next workshop to learn more or help determine station locations. Workshops are open to everyone, and both workshops will focus on the last phase.

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 this agreement on January 19. 

 

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