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Bike-Share Delayed Again: Launch Now Set as Late as January
Posted By Aaron Bialick On July 11, 2012 @ 2:25 pm In Air Quality,Bicycling,Bike Sharing,SFMTA | 13 Comments
In yet another delay, the Bay Area’s bike-share system  will now launch as late as January, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
The launch of the 1,000-bike system has been repeatedly delayed since the SF Municipal Transportation Agency first said it would happen this spring. The target date was then moved to July (in time for America’s Cup ), and then to a staggered launch in August and September  to give potential operators more time to put together their bids. However, the contract between the BAAQMD, the agency overseeing the program, and Alta Bicycle Share, the vendor which was selected in May , has yet to be finalized.
BAAQMD spokesperson Lisa Fasano said she couldn’t comment on what’s prolonging the contract negotiations, but she said the latest delay can be chalked up to the complex nature of launching a regional bike-share system in five cities. She said the agency is aiming to launch the system by the end of the year, but that it could roll over into January.
“It’s more complicated than just launching a program in, say, San Francisco ,” said Fasano. “We feel like it’s moving along, and we’re satisfied with the progress that it’s making.”
SF Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Leah Shahum told the SF Examiner  the news of the latest delay was “disheartening.”
“It’s just really surprising that a program that is so successful and popular in other cities has taken so long to get implemented in San Francisco,” Shahum told the Examiner. “Especially considering that we have the money in place.”
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URLs in this post:
 Bay Area’s bike-share system: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2012/02/02/bike-share-coming-to-sf-and-silicon-valley-this-july/
 Image: http://www.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/citibike1.jpg
 New York City's bike share system: http://a841-tfpweb.nyc.gov/bikeshare/
 DNAinfo: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120618/midtown-east/residents-say-bike-share-site-near-un-creates-safety-risk
 America’s Cup: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2011/04/01/people-plan-could-speed-bike-ped-transit-improvements-on-embarcadero/
 staggered launch in August and September: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2012/03/21/bike-share-launch-pushed-back-to-august-to-give-bidders-more-time/\" data-mce-href=
 selected in May: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2012/04/25/on-a-hot-streak-alta-poised-to-run-bay-area-bike-share/
 San Francisco: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2012/02/29/sf-bike-share-will-be-for-anybody-who-wants-to-make-a-short-trip/
 Chicago: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/provdrs/bike/news/2012/apr/chicago_bike_shareplanapprovedbycitycouncil.html
 told the SF Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/07/bike-share-plan-s-wheels-spinning
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