Bike share system coming to Berkeley

July 22, 2017 by  

The city of Berkeley announced it has its own bike sharing system now. The system currently has 10 stations, with more to come.

The bike share system is part of the Ford GoBike network and is a collaboration between the City of Berkeley, Bay Area Motivate, and the metropolitan Transportation Commission. Those involved in the effort could use direct mail printing or flyers to notify residents of the program.

When the network is complete, there will be a total of 37 stations in a 10-square mile radius consisting of 400 bicycles. The Berkeley network is a small portion of the complete network, which includes 7,000 bikes within other cities including Emeryville, San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland.

Those wishing to use the system can purchase an annual pass for $149 a year or $15 a month for unlimited use. One-time day or trip passes can be purchased as well.

The bike share program has several benefits for those using it. The stations are located near neighborhoods, mass transit, shopping areas, and businesses. Safety concerns were addressed and a network on protected bikeways has been created, along with several bicycle boulevards.

Other benefits to the program are that those using the bikes are not responsible for theft, as once the bikes are returned to the station they are not responsible. Using the program eliminates the need to store or maintain a bike as well.

The entire project is expected to be completed in 2018 and will be one of the biggest bike share systems in the United States.