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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 08/28/2013
Subject :

Palo Alto Launches Bike Share Program
Contact : Jaime Rodriguez, Chief Transportation Officer    650-329-2136
 Palo Alto, CA – Starting tomorrow, there will be a whole new way to get around town thanks to the launch of Palo Alto Bike Share, part of a regional program sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, in partnership with the Bay Area Quality Management District, to bring bike sharing to the Bay Area. Overall, the pilot program will provide a total of 1,000 bicycles and approximately 100 bike share stations along the Caltrain corridor in Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Jose, Redwood City and San Francisco. 

In Palo Alto, the initial phase includes five stations and approximately 75 bikes at station locations including:

·         Emerson and University (Palo Alto Bicycles)
·         Caltrain station (at University)
·         University and Cowper
·         California and Park (Caltrain stop)
·         Park Avenue in front of AOL headquarters

Bike sharing supports connections with transit such as Caltrain and encourages commuters to leave their cars at home, according to Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff. 

"Palo Alto has the highest bike use for commuters and students than any other city in Santa Clara County, and our bike share kiosks will support those last mile trips between transit stations and employment centers," said Scharff. “Having a bike available at the end of a transit commute could make the difference to individuals who normally drives solo in their cars.”  

Bike share systems provide a network of public bicycles from self-service bike kiosks located around town. The goal is to make it more convenient to take public transit by expanding the reach of transit routes. Bike stations are located near transit hubs, high-density residential areas and key destination points such as employment centers and universities, making it easier and faster to make the last-mile connection trip by bike. Similar to car-sharing, members can check out a bicycle, ride to their destination and return the bike to any bike share kiosk in the system. The bicycles are unique, commuter-style bicycles designed for short, in-the-city riding. 

Bike Share is a membership based program that allows a pass holder to unlock a bicycle from any stations. The first 30 minutes of each trip is always included, no matter the number of trips per day. Rates to join Bay Area Bike Share will be $88 for an annual pass, $22 for a three-day pass and $9 for a daily pass. Each pass provides for unlimited trips during the membership period, with no additional cost for the first 30 minutes of each trip. Trips that exceed 30 minutes will incur surcharges.

In addition to Palo Alto, members can use the service in all of the Bay Area Bike Share service areas, including San Francisco, Redwood City, Mountain View, and San Jose. Annual memberships can be purchased online, and 24-Hour and 3-Day Memberships are available for purchase from any Bay Area Bike Share station kiosk. Every membership type requires a credit or debit card and acceptance of the Bay Area Bike Share User Agreement.

The pilot program is funded through local and regional grants in combination with a $4.3 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Climate Initiatives Grant program.

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