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FordGoBike memberships start at $5/year with Calfresh, SFMTA Low Income Lifeline Pass, or proof of PG&E CARE

Berkeley, California (Thursday, May 24, 2018) - The bike share network for Berkeley was designed with equity in mind: stations selected through a public process also reach underserved areas of Berkeley and low-income memberships start at $5 for the first year.

Bike ShareBy serving all of Berkeley, these stations increase transportation access to all members of our community - an essential part of making Berkeley a home for all.

This regional, 24/7 transportation network that includes Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville allows people to pick up a bike in one location and drop it off at the destination. What we've seen is that the network has also increased access to regional transit by making BART a more viable, daily option to more neighborhoods. The bike share stations at the Downtown Berkeley and Ashby BART stops are each among the five most used in Berkeley. Nearly 80 percent of bike share users in Berkeley are annual members.

Check out the map of stations, see if you qualify for the low-income membership and see if bike share makes sense for you or someone in your household.

Sponsored under the name FordGoBike as a way to eliminate public subsidy for the program, the public-private partnership was created by San Francisco, San Jose, the three East Bay cities, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the operator Motivate.

East Bay Bike Share mapPeople qualify for the "Bike Share for All" program by having a valid California State ID, along with either Calfresh, SFMTA Low Income Lifeline Pass, or proof of PG&E CARE (utility bill). Sign up online or in person at the BART Bike Station at 2208 Shattuck Avenue, which is open Mon-Fri 9:30am-4:30pm.

Bike Share for All starts at $5 for the first year and $5 a month after that. Monthly memberships for others are $15 a month. See pricing for more details.

The 37 station locations were chosen through online suggestions and six community planning workshops. Density, social equity and access to mass transit were among the factors.

Bike share is one piece in the City of Berkeley's efforts to improve our bicycling infrastructure. Key corridors funneling people to and from the UC Berkeley campus - Hearst Avenue, Bancroft Way and Fulton Street - now have bike lanes that better protect bicyclists by using parked cars as a physical barrier. Hearst Avenue also has bus boarding islands to reduce conflicts with buses. Bancroft Way has a two-way bike lane allowing people to and from campus.

Explore Bike Share. See if it works for you or your household!


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