SFMTA Releases Preliminary Map of Bike-Share Station Locations

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The SF Municipal Transportation Agency has released a map of 41 locations [PDF] being considered for the first 35 bike-share stations in downtown SF. Six of those stations will be installed, “pending additional funding,” after the launch of the initial 350-bike pilot project, the agency’s website says.

“With its abundance of factors conducive to bike-sharing and its high concentration of regional transit, the downtown Market Street corridor from Van Ness to the Embarcadero and the surrounding neighborhoods immediately jumps out at as the best place to start a limited-scale bike-sharing system that we hope will prove successful early on and form the basis of a much larger system,” the SFMTA said on its website, where you can find more detail on how the station sites were chosen.

The long-delayed launch of bike-share is set for August, though the rest of the 500 bikes originally promised for San Francisco won’t come until some months later due to a lack of funding, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management Distict, which is coordinating the five-city program.

Meanwhile, the SF Board of Supervisors passed a resolution Tuesday urging the SFMTA to pursue a full-scale bike-share launch in San Francisco in 2014. “The SFMTA has estimated that the city has the capacity for a system of around 3,000 bikes, a number more in line with other large cities like New York and London,” the SF Bicycle Coalition said in a news release.

New York City began rolling out the 330 stations in the first phase of its bike-share network this month, and hopes to expand to about 600 stations and 10,000 bikes next year. Long Beach plans to launch a system with 2,500 bikes this year.

In a statement, Supervisor Scott Wiener, who introduced the resolution, said, “MTA must aggressively pursue expanding to a city-wide program by next year, so that San Francisco can reap the benefits of a full-scale bike-share program that will reduce traffic, improve public transit and stimulate the local economy.”

Heath Maddox, bike-share program manager for the SFMTA, said the agency expects to present the proposed locations at public meetings within the next couple of months.

  • Easy

    Assuming they’re going to distribute them equally, I don’t think 20 bikes next to the Caltrain station will cut it.

  • L. Scott

    Realizing that this is a limited-release due to funding constraints, I’m disappointed that the locations appear to geared towards employment sites rather than residents. Hopefully, we can do better as the program expands.

  • That’s it?! Seriously? Are they setting this up for failure on purpose, or because they don’t care?

  • Anonymous

    I think the point was to link employment sites with mass transit — the so-called “last mile” problem. Of course, with time and more funding, the rest of the city should get linked up too — residential areas, etc. Seems to me the problem with this launch is not the selected geographic range but rather the number of bikes provided.

  • With residential area it would be competing with individual bike ownership. The current model is to target transit users to address their last mile problem and the limited on board bike capacity for Caltrain, BART, and buses.

    You will notice that there’s no bike station in Nob Hill. With the SF geography, bike transportation will not be attractive in certain areas. If you put a bike station there, people would only use it to go downhill and the management would have to truck the bikes uphill.

  • mikesonn

    people bike up hills, it isn’t hard and it happens all the time. excuses Andy. Excuses. You don’t bike up hill, doesn’t mean every else doesn’t.

  • mikesonn

    Blame the MTC, they wanted regional distribution which spreads out all the bikes and makes all the stations fail. If it ain’t highways, the MTC don’t want it.

  • Bruce Nourish

    If only biking around most of downtown SF weren’t horrendous, and this rollout had 10x as many bikes.

    Details, details.

  • I guess some people ride bikes uphill (not slight uphill but real steep ones) like some people like vehicular cycling. If there’s a system that allows one way bike downhill that’s what many people would do. It is not usual since more people in the East Bay casual carpool to San Francisco but take BART or AC Transit to return in the afternoon.

  • mikesonn

    Plus, we apparently are getting a very limited roll out. Why put it on Nob Hill over say the entire Mission or EMB areas? You are looking for ways to say this won’t work when the answer is that we are half-*ssing this (we need 10,000 bikes), not that it isn’t on top of Nob Hill.

  • They are putting 10,000 in New York and a lot of people own bikes there. If I am going somewhere I don’t want to lock my own bike up and risk theft, the bike share is perfect.

  • Anonymous

    I see myself and maybe other Rincon Hill and South Beach neighbors checking bikes out to go Safeway at 4th and King or the nearby Mission Bay Library or to Exploratorium at Pier 15. Ooh! Looks like I could visit my partner too (and vice versa)!

  • Anonymous

    To be on par with New York’s 10,000 bike project, SF should have 1000 (about 1/10th population).

    Actually, I would expected it to be more popular in San Francisco, so they should probably have even more than that.

  • Anonymous

    This is pretty exciting!! although a useful number of bike would be much more exciting. I hope this helps bring much needed improvements to biking in downtown/financial district and SoMa, areas with fast car speeds and multilane traffic with little to no dedicated bike infrastructure.

  • Geographic discrimination! (implied smiley times 40,000)

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Yeah, putting the station next to Caltrain is crazy, unless there is a full-time rotation of trucks hauling bikes to the station, or from it, depending on the time of day.

  • The system planned for SF and the Peninsula has worked well in D.C. and other places, but is it the best solution for all the mass transit interfaces needing last-mile solutions (not just in the Bay Area) and the relatively unique terrain here?

    There are mature systems focused on the rail commuter needing a bike all day, or at least just to get someone back and forth to the work site from the station (OV fiets in the Netherlands http://www.ov-fiets.nl/) and new station-less systems starting in Hoboken http://www.hobokennj.org/2013/04/hoboken-to-launch-1st-hybrid-bike-rental-bike-share-program/ and Tampa. The per bike price of these systems is far less than the the Bixi-based system planned for here. Also see http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mcofc/2013/01/09/bikeshare-disrupted

    So, what’s up with this? In early 2010 after my team won one of the first prizes in the Copenhagen bike share design competition http://www.openbike.se in a field of 127 international entrants, I spoke with people from SFMTA and VTA, offering my services (a bit of consulting to help them select the best solution – by the way our design was only a concept, part of a brain storm to give Denmark and its capitol the best solution.). The response was cold: BAAQMD (acting alone?) had already decided on a system with stations and so on and I was asked only if I had already participated in a working system. The actors behind the competition in Denmark did not seem to care about this– in a place where upwards of 50% of trips are made my bike in some areas.

    I am also curious why the Alta Bike Share CEO just changed jobs — a month before the launch of CitiBike in NYC. http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20130423/TRANSPORTATION/130429958

  • I do very much want to see this to be successful. I was on a working group for bike share during early dialogues in the South Bay.

  • mikesonn

    Then you failed. I sadly wasn’t part of the planning process. If I was, I would have been screaming for more bikes and stations. This is a complete failure and you are at least partially to blame.

  • Anonymous

    I was just thinking about how I could ride one of the bikes from my house up on a hill down to work.

  • Cris Vail

    New York bike share program is awesome (when it works…they’ve got software bugs to solve), and it would be great to see a full fledged program in SF; I’m amazed that the Mission and the Castro aren’t included in the initial roll out.


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