The Bay Area Bike Share is the region’s bike sharing system with 700 bikes and 70 stations across the region, with locations in San Francisco and San Jose. Intended to provide Bay Area residents and visitors with an additional transportation option for getting around the region, the Bay Area Bike Share is fun, easy, and affordable.
A bike sharing system consists of a fleet of specially designed, heavy-duty, very durable bikes that are locked into a network of docking stations located throughout a region. Bay Area bikes can be rented from and returned to any station in the system, creating an efficient network with many possible combinations of start and end points.
With hundreds of bikes at stations, the system is available for use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The station network provides twice as many docking points as bicycles, assuring that an available dock to return your bike is always nearby.
About the Operator
Bay Area Bike Share is operated by Motivate, an American firm that is the only company in the world focused on operating large-scale bike share systems. Motivate designed, launched, and operates Capital Bikeshare in Washington DC and Arlington and Alexandria VA, Hubway in the Boston, MA metro region, Citibike in New York City, NY, Divvy in Chicago, IL, Bike Chattanooga in Chattanooga, TN, CoGo in Columbus, OH, and Melbourne Bike Share in Melbourne, Australia.
About the Manufacturer
Public Bike System Company (PBSC, also known as Bixi) created the first large-scale solar-power bikeshare system in the world, launching their 3,000 bike system in Montreal in 2008 (it has expanded to 5,000 bikes since). It is portable, wirelessly integrated and sturdy enough to handle the demands of the Bay Area's urban environment. PBSC is Motivate's supplier in bringing best-in-class technology and equipment to bike share systems that it operates around the world including Melbourne, AU; Washington, D.C; and Boston, MA. Over 14,600 PBSC bikes are used every day, across the globe.
In 2008, the PBSC Bike Share System was named the 19th Best Invention of 2008 by Time Magazine – only 1 place behind the NASA Mars Mission Rover. In addition, PBSC has also recently been awarded the GOLD Award for best product of 2009 in the Energy & Sustainability category of the prestigious Edison Best New Products Awards. In 2009, PBSC won the Bronze Prize (transport category) from the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). In 2011, PBSC was also awarded the Good Design gold medal for environmental products. The Good Design Award is the World's Most Prestigious Global Awards for New Product Design and Graphics. It is awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.