Santa Clara County’s $7 million bike-share program has arrived with 700 bikes provided at 70 different locations around the Bay Area. Brandi Childress, a public relations officer for the Valley Transit Authority (VTA), says the bike-share program will close the gaps in public transportation.
“The goal of bike-share is to extend public transportation and provide another form of transportation for people who are looking for another an alternative to driving,” she says, adding that the reason many people decline to use public transportation is because of the last mile from public transportation to a destination point.
The city of San Jose has worked with the Bay Area Air Quality District and Valley Transportation Authority to create the bike-share program, according to the San Jose Downtown Association.
Stations will be located in San Jose as well as Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City and San Francisco. Childress says the docking stations will be located in popular areas throughout San Jose, including Arena Green, the Children’s Discovery Museum, City Hall, the Convention Center, the Diridon Station, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Fountain Alley, Japantown, Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose State University, San Pedro Square and the SoFA District.
The bikes should provide a comfortable commute, with antelope handlebars, wide tires, and adjustable saddles that fit people from 4-foot-10 to 6-foot-5. The bikes are also equipped with fenders, chain protectors, drum brakes, a front rack and lights that turn on when the cyclist pedals.
Riders can purchase a 24-hour pass for $9, a three-day pass for $24 or annual memberships for $88 and $103. Riders receive 30 minutes for free but rides cost more with each minute and hour. The timer resets when riders properly dock their bicycles, and riders are able to ride and use the program 24 hours a day, every day. Riders can follow San Jose’s Bikeshare on Twitter.