Target: Bay Area Quality Management District and City of San Francisco
Goal: Applaud new bike share program in the San Francisco Bay Area
The Bay Area Bike Share pilot is a program that is being tested in several cities in the Bay Area of California. It is the first regional bike system of its kind and it is meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from public transportation.
The program is starting off with 700 bikes with 70 stations in five cities: San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose. This program is run by several partnerships in the area: the Bay Area quality Management District, City and County of San Francisco, local government agencies, Sam Trans, Caltrain, the County of San Mateo, the City of Redwood City and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, to name a few organizations. It is a comforting feeling knowing that several organizations are banding together to try and cut down on gas emissions. The program will allow citizens to take public transportation without walking, and allow them to travel within their communities.
In the Bay Area, 50 percent of the air pollution comes from transportation. Officials are hoping that this program will cut down on the emissions, making the area a cleaner environment for their people, animals and trees. The Bike Share Program will begin in two phases. The first phase will involve launching 700 bikes into the area on August 29, 2013 and the second phase will add an additional 300 bikes, and 30 additional kiosks in the first quarter of 2014. It will total to 1,000 bikes and 100 stations within the Bay Area. The kiosks are solar powered, placed in high-traffic areas like public transportation, dense residential areas, employment centers and universities. Bike availability can be checked via smart phones, and Bike Share employees will travel around kiosks to ensure that bikes are distributed evenly. If a kiosk is full, the customer will be redirected to another kiosk and they will be rewarded with 15 minutes of free time.
Membership for the Bay Area Bike Share program will cost $88 for an annual pass, $22 for a three day pass, and $9 for a daily pass. Each pass includes unlimited trips during the membership period, with no additional cost for the first 30 minutes of each trip. However, if a trip lasts more than 30 minutes, it will incur charges. If you live in the Bay Area and are interested in purchasing a pass yourself, you may visit the Bay Are Bike Share website. Already, 500 people have purchased memberships.
Sign this petition to say thank you to those involved in making this program happen. It is definitely a step in the right direction towards a greener community.
Dear Bay Area Quality Management District and the City of San Francisco,
I am writing to say a big thank you regarding the Bay Area Bike Sharing Program. I’m sure that the environment thanks you too. Air quality has been a great concern for our planet and I am heartened by the fact that so many organizations are backing this program in the hopes of cleaning the air.
The Bay Area is an extremely populated and busy area, and I am glad you are willing to lessen the traffic and aid those that do not have a car. No doubt this program will also help lower waistlines. Again, I thank you for implementing this program and I hope all goes well with the pilot.
[Your Name Here]
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