At Long Last, Bike-Share Stations Have Begrimed San Francisco

Post and Kearny. Photo: Cheryl Brinkman

Feast your eyes: downtown San Francisco has officially been begrimed by Bay Area Bike Share stations. Crews began installing them yesterday in preparation for the five-city launch Thursday of next week.

The SFMTA’s Livable Streets team has a photo album going on its Facebook page. If you spot any more, feel free to post pictures in our comments section. The station map may come in handy.

Embarcadero and Vallejo. Photo: ##https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.579714772067640.1073741828.129234557115666&type=1##SFMTA Livable Streets/Facebook##

Commercial and Montgomery Streets. Photo: ##https://twitter.com/teetwochan/status/369546012915814400/photo/1##@tweetwochan/Twitter##
Washington and Kearny Streets. Photo: ##https://twitter.com/SFBayBikeShare/status/369599281033797634/photo/1##@SFBayBikeShare/Twitter##
Sweet unwrapping. Photo: ##https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.579714772067640.1073741828.129234557115666&type=1##SFMTA Livable Streets/Facebook##
  • Anonymous

    Looks like the CycleFinder app for iPhone (itunes.apple.com/us/app/cyclefinder/id557237724) and Android (play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pbsc.bikes) is already supporting Bay Area Bike Share, but the dock locations have not been turned on and are not yet appearing. This app worked well for me when using bike share in Columbus last month, however.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Walked out of my office at Hills Plaza to find a spanking new bike station right out front (on Spear btw Folsom and Harrison). Awesome.

  • mikesonn

    700 bikes and 750+ members.

    Get more bikes ASAP.

    And stop putting stations on the sidewalk.

  • Mario Tanev

    That’s an SFMTA thing I think. They are permitting the bike share stations.

  • mikesonn

    Probably, #sloganfirstcity.

  • GUEST

    Anyone get their keys yet?

  • caryl

    Not yet, and I joined on 7/15.

  • Guest

    DPW Bureau of Street Use and Mapping handles sidewalk encroachment etc all permits for use of public right of way, so MTA may promote, but ultimately isn’t the permit from BSM?

  • chauncey graves

    DPW Bureau of Street Use and Mapping handles sidewalk encroachment: all permits for use of public right of way, so MTA may promote, but ultimately isn’t the permit from BSM?

  • chauncey graves

    How awesome are all those newsrack pods? Mostly empty or real estate advert papers…

  • Michael Morris

    Setting up in front of the federal building on golden gate and polk.

    http://m.imgur.com/YUSSXSb

  • Mario Tanev

    I see. Interestingly SFMTA handles on-street encroachment. A couple of SFMTA board meetings ago they approved conversion of parking spaces to bike share stations.

  • Useful information about the bike/station system being used: http://www.publicbikesystem.com/what-we-do/the-station/
    Same as in Brooklyn, London, Montreal etc. Stations are solar-powered and wireless, so they can be easily installed, moved or removed. That’s key, because there may be changes required in the future.
    I haven’t cycled since I moved to London in 1999, and never in the US, but this could get me back in the saddle.

  • M.

    The pods also communicate the bike census so when they’re full/empty, crews come and balance the numbers. In Brooklyn, huge fun watching the crew pop wheelies, etc. (on really heavy bikes) en route to the van. Future SFStreets film? Faces blurred, of course.

  • Anonymous

    Stations are solar-powered and wireless, so they can be easily installed, moved or removed.

    Clipper needs to hire Alta to build their card readers.

  • Got my fob/key. (And tshirt, sunglasses, etc.) As far as extras go, I’m most excited about the two free 24 hour gift certificates. They should be giving out a bunch of these downtown the first few weeks to get people to try out the system.

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