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Bring Bikeshare to the East Bay

San Francisco and the Peninsula launched Bay Area Bike Share, with 700 of its signature sea-foam green bikes at 70 pod stations. Eventually, 300 more bikes will be added early next year, to bring the total 1,000 bikes available for members to use.

Pod stations are located near transit sites, businesses and other popular destinations. Members join by paying an annual fee of either $88 (“Pacesetter”) or $103 (“Frontrunner”), both of which include unlimited 30-minute bike trips annually, a membership key and 24-hour passes to share. Frontrunner members also receive a T-shirt.

Bay Area Bike Share is a pilot project in a partnership among local government agencies including the Air District, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Sam-Trans, Caltrain, the County of San Mateo, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, the City of Redwood City and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. The initial pilot phase is estimated to cost approximately $7 million with $1.4 million in funding provided by the Air District, $1.3 million from the local agency partners and $4.29 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

In the Bay Area, the transportation sector accounts for more than 50 percent of air pollution overall. Significant emission reductions from the transportation sector will help the Bay Area attain and maintain state and national air quality standards and reduce greenhouse gases.

East Bay residents, especially those in the East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC) are hopeful that the national trend will arrive locally as well.

For more information, visit ebbc.org or BayAreaBikeShare.com.

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