In May 2015, Bay Area Bike Share announced a ten-fold system expansion from 700 to 7,000 bikes. This expansion will roll out in phases over a two year period. For each phase, Bay Area Bike Share conducts a robust public outreach process to determine station locations. This process includes: online crowdsourcing, technical siting analysis, public workshops, additional outreach, and merging technical criteria with community input.
Outreach by the Numbers
Suggest-a-Station submissions: 5,000
Stakeholder meetings: 70
Public Workshops: 9
Thousands of local residents engaged.
Station Selection Process
1. Online Crowdsourcing:
In May 2015, we created suggest.bayareabikeshare.com, inviting the public to tell us where they want to see future stations. To date we have received nearly 5,000 suggestions from individuals across the Bay Area.
2. Technical Siting Analysis:
After collecting crowd-sourced data, we work with a local planning firm to begin to determine a list of “technically viable” sites for bike share. These are sites that work from a traffic safety and urban planning perspective. We aim to have 3-5x the number of sites needed for the final system.
3. Public Workshops:
The next step is public workshops, where neighbors sit around maps and discuss which station locations work best for their community. In early 2016 we hosted our first public workshops in San Francisco, San Jose, and the East Bay, where we invited the public to review possible site locations, informed by both crowd-sourced suggestions and technical analysis. Leaning on the local knowledge and expertise of residents, these workshops informed the selection of Proposed Expansion Sites below.
Upcoming Phase 3 Workshops Below:Rockridge Bike Share Expansion Workshop (Oakland)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
6pm - 7:30pm
Rockridge Branch Library
5366 College Avenue, Oakland
West Berkeley Bike Share Expansion Workshop
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
6pm - 7:30pm
Sierra Club, SF Bay Chapter
2530 San Pablo Ave Site I, Berkeley
North Berkeley Bike Share Expansion Workshop
Thursday, September 29, 2016
6pm - 7:30pm
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Avenue, Oakland
Click here to see a list of past workshops.
4. Additional Outreach:
Throughout this entire process we have also solicited feedback from local elected officials, city agencies, neighborhood associations, and merchant groups to ensure the selected sites align with neighborhood goals and values.
5. Merging technical criteria with community input:
Our planners then work to merge the information we’ve received via the crowdsourcing tool, public meetings and stakeholder outreach with their technical assessment to create the Proposed Expansion Sites.
Phase 1 Proposed Expansion Sites
Below are the Proposed Expansion Sites for the first phase of Bay Area Bike Share’s expansion. These are just the beginning of what will be a two-year roll out that will grow bike share from 700 bikes to 7,000 bikes in the Bay Area. We have chosen to start in areas that are contiguous with existing stations or are in the downtown areas to be able to serve the maximum number of bike trips from day one and grow outward from there. We invite you to download the maps below and take a closer look at future stations in your neighborhoods.