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Peninsula bike-share program launches Aug. 28

Original post made on Aug 10, 2013

A bike share program in San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto will begin operating on Aug. 28, according to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

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Comments (8)

Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Redwood City and Palo Alto get bike share, but nothing in between? Why did Menlo Park and Atherton opt out?

Posted by bie share expert
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 11, 2013 at 10:41 pm

This will not work down here in the burbs.

Fees are too expensive, and where would you ride?

No infrastructure for cycling in either city.


Built bike infrastructure for existing commuters FIRST!

Posted by Jim
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 13, 2013 at 12:19 am

I was excited to see a bikeshare program on the peninsula, but after reading the details it is disappointing on a number of levels. First why isn't menlo park included? The fee of $88/yr is very high and the requirement to return to the city where you borrowed it largely defeats the utility of having a program to encourage people to bike rather than drive for short trips. In contrast, in Taipei where I just happened to register yesterday for their bikeshare program, registration is free and can be completed online in 5 min, you can use a transit card (which can be used for all transit -bus, subway etc), the first 30 min are free, and 10NT (about 33 cents) for each 30 min thereafter, and you can drop the bike at any location in the entire system.

Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 13, 2013 at 9:20 am

Where does it say you are required to return the bike to the same city where you borrowed it?

Yes, the number of stations is disappointing, but I can see people using these to ride between Palo Alto and Mountain View.

If you are using this system several times a week (the intended audience), then $88/year is cheap. If you're using it only once a month, then maybe not.

Posted by Donald
a resident of another community
on Aug 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Remember that this is pilot program to test the feasibility of a larger one. They are targeting the most-used Caltrain stations, which is why Menlo Park and Atherton are not included, and is why the number of bikes is small. If the pilot is a success then it will be expanded.

Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

Could it be that Menlo Park and Atherton are not in Santa Clara County???

Posted by Donald
a resident of another community
on Aug 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm

San Francisco and Redwood City are not in Santa Clara County, either, but they are part of the pilot program.

Posted by Scott McMahon
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 14, 2013 at 10:04 am

We used the bikeshare bikes in Washington DC on a recent visit. The thing to understand about this kind of system is that it's NOT a bike rental system. It's a bike based transport system. You use the bikes like you would use a train or bus to get from point to point. You get a bike at a bike station, ride it to another bike station near your destination and drop it off immediately. You don't get much more time with the bike than you need to ride from one station to another. When time runs out there are extra charges and the longer you keep the bike the steeper the hourly charges. It isn't generally practical to take a bikeshare bike somewhere, like shopping at a store, and and park it outside while you shop, then return it to the station where you got it. It'll cost more than it's worth. If, on the other hand, there's a bikestation near the store, you can drop off the bike at the station and go shopping, then get a new bike when you're done to make the return, and there will be no extra charges. That's how the system is intended to be used.

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