Meetings Underway for East Bay and San Jose Bike Share Expansion

Bike-Share is Expanding in the East Bay. Photo: Courtesy of Motivate.
Bike-Share is Expanding in the East Bay. Photo: Courtesy of Motivate.

A few weeks ago, Streetsblog was happy to tell you about meetings to get input for a huge expansion of San Francisco’s bike-share program. The East Bay and San Jose are moving forward with their plans as well, bringing the number of share bikes in the region from 700 to 7,000 over the next few years.

Motivate, which is managing the bike-share system throughout the Bay Area, held its first meeting on Monday in Berkeley. If you missed it, you can still give your input and suggest bike-share locations online at suggest.bayareabikeshare.com.

“I can’t wait to jump on a bike when we bring this program to Oakland in the fall,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, in a prepared statement. “Active transportation improves public health, promotes economic development, helps the environment, and is fun and affordable. We’re committed to making sure that the benefits of bike sharing serve neighborhoods and residents across our city.”

“Berkeley is a vibrant, world-class city that is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint,” said Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates. “Motivate’s partnership with MTC gives us another important tool in our efforts to combat climate change and makes bike sharing a reality in our city.”

The workshops are offered twice on each date, covering the same material. Each workshop will be focused on stations in that locality.

San Jose District 3 Bike Share Workshop

Co-sponsored by Councilmember Raul Peralez
February 4, 2016
6:00PM – 7:00PM and 7:00PM – 8:00PM
King Library, Room 225, 150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose

Oakland Districts 2 & 3 Bike Share Workshop

Co-sponsored by Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan, Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney, and Councilmember Abel Guillén
February 18, 2016
6:00PM – 7:00PM and 7:00PM – 8:00PM
SPUR, 1544 Broadway, Oakland

Emeryville Bike Share Workshop

Co-sponsored by Mayor Dianne Martinez
February 11, 2016
6:00PM – 7:00PM and 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Emeryville City Hall, Council Chambers, 1333 Park Avenue, Emeryville

Upcoming workshops will be announced online. And, of course, those unable to attend a workshop can submit station ideas any time online at suggest-a-station portal.

  • David

    I went to last night’s workshop in Berkeley. There was a big crowd, and we split into groups for a presentation and to mark good/bad station locations based on a map of already identified sites. While some parts of town made sense, North and West Berkeley were noticeably absent from the initial plan. Almost everything was in Districts 4 and 7, even if it meant putting in a station at an odd location (such as the 7-Eleven on Telegraph) at the expense of a major destination (such as North Berkeley BART, which is in District 1). Overall good effort though. Looking forward to its arrival this fall!

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Is there anywhere one can view this preliminary plan? Considering the bike paths on West St and Ohlone Greenway and the many nearby destinations aside from BART, like the public library and all that shopping and dining on San Pablo, it would be a real shame to not have any stations there.

  • Flatlander

    I’ve always thought of bike share as something that should supplement transit – meaning, it should provide an option for people to get around where transit service is relatively poor and also provide connections from those areas to the major transit network. Leaving out West Berkeley, in particular, seems like an enormous oversight, as bike share at the North Berkeley BART would be easily reachable by several vibrant districts that may be a bit too far to walk, but well within bike share distance (4th Street, Westbrae, Monterey Market area, San Pablo at Gilman, Addison, and Dwight)

    West Berkeley is set up more perfectly for bike share than pretty much anywhere else in that regard. Conversely, getting around campus and downtown Berkeley is already a breeze due to the dense bus network. Disappointed to miss the meeting.

  • David

    I agree wholeheartedly that the first phase of bikeshare should focus on the western half of town. With the plethora of public transit options around campus, not to mention the hill, I don’t see why that area would be more appealing to occasional/hesitant bike riders.

    One of the most obvious trips I see happening with bikeshare is travel between North Berkeley BART and Fourth Street, which hasn’t had a direct public transit option since AC Transit canceled the 19 back in March 2010.

    However, I get the impression that Motivate (the bikesharing company) wants to start in a higher profile area for maximum exposure. After all, look what they did in SF: Most of the bikesharing stations are in areas where it’s already very easy to get around by bus, streetcar, or Muni Metro.

  • Prinzrob

    No plans have been released to the public yet, but you can sign up for updates at http://www.BikeEastBay.org/BikeShare, and at http://www.bayareabikeshare.com/expansion.

  • Prinzrob

    The next bike share planning meeting coming up on Feb 11th in Emeryville will inherently also touch on some areas in south and west Berkeley as well. Get meeting info at http://www.bayareabikeshare.com/expansion.

    A North Oakland meeting is also going to be provided in late February but has not been scheduled yet.

  • murphstahoe

    ” where it’s already very easy to get around by bus, streetcar, or Muni Metro”

    we have different definitions of very easy 🙂

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