San Francisco is anticipating launching its bike share pilot program later this fall, and Supervisor Scott Wiener is already pushing to expand the bike-sharing network throughout the city.  The proposed bike share in San Francisco is part of a regional pilot program led by Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQM) in partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.  The regional program includes Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, and San Jose.

Last week, Supervisor Wiener introduced a resolution to the Board of Supervisors urging them to pursue a citywide bike share program by 2014.  Wiener stated that the city is trailing other cities that have planned or already implementing bike sharing programs, such as Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Boston, and Portland.

“All over the world, cities are recognizing the tremendous value of city-wide bike-share programs in reducing traffic, improving public transit and stimulating the local economy.  Here in San Francisco, we should be doing everything we can to establish and start reaping the benefits from a full-scale bike share program, “ said Wiener.

The BAAQM-led regional pilot project will start with 35 stations and 350 bicycles in San Francisco’s downtown core, and expand to 50 stations and 500 bicycles.  The program will run for 12 months to 24 months, followed by a final evaluation.