Castro Bike Share delayed
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