Bike Share Technology Showcase Demo in San Fran

Friday, December 17, 2010 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Bicycle Share Technology Showcase

Date: December 17 and 18
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Civic Center Plaza (in front of City Hall)
Description: Come learn about Bicycle Sharing in SF and test bicycles

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will host a Bicycle Sharing demonstration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 17 and 18, at Civic Center Plaza in front of City Hall. The event will showcase systems from some of the nation’s leading bicycle share vendors. The public is invited to come test ride the bicycles and kiosk stations and experience technology currently in use in cities such as Washington DC, Denver, Montreal, London, Chicago, Melbourne, and Minneapolis. Similar to car sharing, bicycle sharing is a term used to describe a membership-based system of short-term bicycle rental. People can check a bicycle out from a network of automated bicycle kiosk stations, ride to their destination, and return the bicycle to a different station.

Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), have made bicycle sharing a high priority and in October of this year the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved a $4.29 million grant that will make bicycle sharing in San Francisco and the region a reality. The Regional Bicycle Sharing Pilot Program will deploy approximately 1,000 bicycles at up to 100 kiosk stations along the San Francisco Peninsula—including 500 bicycles in San Francisco. The total project cost is approximately $7 million with $1.4 million in funding provided by the Air District and $1.3 million in matching funds from the local partners.