San Francisco to Get Bike-Sharing Pilot Program in 2009

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Good News for San Francisco Commuters
While visiting Paris, a city with a quite successful bike-sharing program, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom announced that his city would get a bike-sharing pilot program in 2009."Bike sharing will help connect thousands of residents and commuters to their workplaces and shopping destinations by providing bikes that they can easily borrow," said Mayor Newsom. "This bike sharing pilot project will allow us to test and perfect the bikes and technology that will be used in our citywide network."

They're starting very small, though, but I hope that if this pilot is a success they will ramp it up quickly. From the California Chronicle:

The pilot program will include 50 bikes located at five stations on non-city property (as required by a Court injunction until environmental review of the City's Bicycle Plan is complete). Each station will have either nine or 12 bikes and will provide approximately 50 percent more bicycle parking slots to help ensure proper distribution between available bikes and open, available drop-off spots. The stations will be in the Financial District, Mission Bay, the Presidio, Civic Center and the City College campus.

People who want to sign up can do so at the website of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which manages the City's Bicycle Programs.

San Francisco: A Bike-Friendly City
According to the 2007 Census update, 2.7 percent of San Franciscans commute via bicycle compared to an average of 0.5 percent in the United States and 0.9 percent in California. The city has also received a gold-level bicycle friendly community status from the League of American Bicyclists.

Via California Chronicle, SFGate
Photo: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on a bike. Flickr, CC.
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