Castro Bike Share delayed

Bay Area Bike Share 2014 Expansion Map
Bay Area Bike Share 2014 Expansion Map

Bummer…

Aaron Bialick, editor at Streetsblog San Francisco, broke the bad news to folks who were hoping to see the popular Bay Area Bike Share program expand from downtown into the Uppper Market / Castro and surrounding neighborhood areas. It looks like the company who manufactures the hardware and software for the bikes, Bixi, is currently in bankruptcy and up for sale. BABS was planned to enter the Castro at the beginning of 2014.

The good news is that the SFMTA sees this as just a delay (one of many the bike share program has seen since its planned implementation in 2012). SFMTA bike-share program manager Heath Maddox is optimistic about Bixi’s bankruptcy and sale prospects and is hoping that BABS’s current operations and maintenance provider, Alta Bicycle Share, will purchase Bixi and move forward with production and drop bikes and corrals by Fall 2014.

via Streetsblog, Brian G

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8 Responses

  1. sjg says:

    I have always wondered about the viability of a bike sharing business model. The article you referenced describes perfectly the challenges of operating this type of business.

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  2. Jamison Wieser says:

    I find it interesting, and sad, how often public transportation is perceived as a “business” that has to make money or at least cover costs.

    Meanwhile we pour many orders of magnitude more money into roadways that generate nothing in revenue. Member and user fees help offset bike-share, something that can’t be said of the vast majority of roads and bridges go without tolls.

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  3. Roads and sidewalks are limited resource which cannot accommodate all the users needing it without providing alternatives to driving. What Bay Area Bike Share provides an option for a making short hops and or bridging the “last-mile” from a transit or train station, a quick errand at lunch, etc. Bike share will open up space on crowded BART trains by allowing riders to leave their bike at home or in secure parking at the station because it will be easy to pick up a bike.

    What I’m trying to get at is that viewing public transportation as a business (which needs to financially support itself) completely overlooks the comparative costs of the alternatives: building more transit, running more trains and busses, building parking spaces, are all going to cost more and increase congestion.

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