Bay Area Bike Share is about to launch in San Francisco, with plans for 700 bikes and 70 stations around San Francisco, Redwood City, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and San Jose. You can get your "founding" membership in advance of the launch by visiting this web page; there are two options, one at $88 for the year and one with a few more perks at $103 (which is basically nothing if you consider how expensive San Francisco can be). If you just want to try it out, you'll be able to get 24-hour or 3-day passes too once the service has launched.
More info on how things work can be found here (it's really simple).
The partnership model for Bay Area Bike Share is quite interesting:
The Bay Area Bike Share is a pilot project in a partnership among local government agencies including the Air District, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Sam-Trans, Caltrain, the County of San Mateo, the City of Redwood City and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. The initial pilot phase is estimated to cost approximately $7 million with $1.4 million in funding provided by the Air District, $1.3 million from the local agency partners and $4.29 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
In the Bay Area, the transportation sector accounts for more than 50 percent of air pollution overall. Significant emission reductions from the transportation sector will help the Bay Area attain and maintain state and national air quality standards and reduce greenhouse gases.
It's great to see one more bike sharing project launching. We've been saying for years that pretty much all cities of any size could benefit from bike-sharing, and we encourage other cities to give it a try and existing bike-shares to expand their coverage.
Above is the first station being installed in San Jose.