Have you spotted the inviting stations stocked with gleaming, celeste-colored bikes dotted around downtown? These are part of the new Bay Area Bike Share initiative, which launched in 2013. In San Francisco, the program currently entails 350 bikes docked at 35 stations, conveniently located near transit terminals, and rapid expansion is the plan. Although it targets residents with annual passes, visitors can also take advantage of the bikes with $9 day passes or $22 three-day passes, which include unlimited rides. Simply check out one of the sturdy, adjustable bikes with your credit or debit card, ride to your destination and dock it at a nearby station.
The project isn’t meant for leisurely sightseeing excursions (although there are plenty of other bike rental outfits that cater to those types of outings), but rather as a healthy, quick and convenient means of transit for outings of 30 minutes or less. (The timer resets when you dock a bike.) Trips from 31-60 minutes cost an additional $4, and each subsequent 30 minutes costs $7. Every bicycle is outfitted with a handy basket and LED lights. Navigating the city has never been more fun!
Urban Riding Tips
- Walk your bicycle on the sidewalk.
- Yield to pedestrians.
- Refer to the bicycle option in Google maps for ideal routes.
- Download the free Bay Area Bike Share app to locate stations and view real-time availability.