Bay Area Bike Share Stations Stocked and Ready for Launch Tomorrow

Market at 10th and Polk Streets, where the road striping was ##http://sf.streetsblog.org/2013/06/11/sfmta-new-curbside-space-at-market-and-10th-will-be-a-bike-share-station/##recently re-configured to set aside space## for the bike-share station. Photo: Bryan Goebel

This is it, folks: Bay Area Bike Share officially has a fleet in place for tomorrow’s launch. I know it’s tempting, but please refrain from trying to take the bikes out for a ride prematurely.

Here’s where you can catch the launch events with officials in four of the participating cities tomorrow morning:

  • San Francisco: 10:30 a.m. in front of 4th and King Caltrain Station
  • Palo Alto: 10 a.m. at University Ave. and Emerson Streets, in front of Palo Alto Bicycles
  • Mountain View: 10 a.m. in front of City Hall
  • San Jose: 10 a.m. in front of City Hall near the bike kiosks on Fourth Street
A station in front of SFMTA headquarters at Market and Van Ness. Photo: Bryan Goebel
Second Street at South Park. Photo: Tony Wessling
  • Anonymous

    wait, so can I not try to ride a bike today? Will it not let me take one out?

  • Anonymous

    The station at Market and Front has already been tagged.

  • timsmith

    People tag trees and rock formations in public parks in this town. What’s your point?

  • Joel

    Yes – the city has finally been begrimed!

  • Easy

    Wish I could use my Clipper card instead
    of this key tag, or vice-versa.

  • Anonymous

    Merely observing how soon after they were installed that they were defaced.

  • Tri

    I am super excited. I am taking a day off tomorrow to check out the ceremony. With the bike-shares, bicycling is one step closer to becoming mainstream.

  • Anonymous

    Great idea. I wonder if somebody is looking into using the Clipper card for bike share.

  • jbot

    anyone know what time tomorrow will you be able to use the bikes? 12:01am? 6am? not until the launch events are over?

  • Mark Dreger

    Noon

  • Jesse

    It would probably take a decade and a billion dollars to get that accomplished.

  • Jesse

    Bullshit you were.

  • Bruce Halperin

    What, exactly, are you implying?

  • idkk

    Don’t think it would work, at least not without modification of Alta’s station design. I would require a reader at each bike dock or a single reader at the kiosk and issuing a key code.

  • Sean Rea

    Which one will you tag next?

  • Anonymous

    Bike share key activated – member #54 ready to go tomorrow!

  • Will

    So we’re going with BABS? Not as smooth as CaBi, Divvy, NiceRide, Bcycle, CitiBike, or Hubway

  • Trees and rocks, more bad ideas. All part of Agenda 21, no doubt.

  • Anonymous

    I may not be a bike fan, but I certainly don’t like seeing the public space get defaced by taggers.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

This Week: Bike-Share Unveiled, Designing a Plaza on Barlett

|
Get your first look at Bay Area Bike-Share this Thursday at an open house held by the SF Municipal Transportation Agency. Mission residents can also take part in a community workshop Wednesday evening on transforming a block of Bartlett Street into a people-friendly plaza. Here are all the highlights from the Streetsblog calendar: Wednesday: Bartlett Mercado […]

Palo Alto to Add Smart Bikes to Bike Share System

|
On Tuesday evening, the Palo Alto City Council directed staff to continue contract negotiations for replacing the city’s existing 35 bike-share bikes with 350 new SoBi “smart bikes”. Unlike today’s Bay Area Bike Share bikes, SoBi bikes are equipped with an on-board lock so they aren’t dependent on fixed docking stations to operate. Customers can find the bikes using […]

This Week: Get Pumped for Bike to Work Day

|
This Thursday is Bike to Work Day — time once again to join the swarm of bike commuters and enjoy some free goodies along the way. And we’re not just talking snacks and tote bags: On Market Street, you can be one of the first registered by the new bicycle traffic counter, and Wiggle-bound riders […]