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Bike Share Memberships on Sale July 15

VTA chooses Mountain View bike share stations in preparation of August launch.

In anticipation of the launch of the Bay Area Bike Share program in August, memberships go on sale Monday, July 15.

According to the Valley Transit Authority, a partner agency, the first 1,000 people to sign up will get a limited-edition "founding" member key to commemorate the event.

The price of memberships vary from $9 per day, $22 for a 3-day pass and unlimited yearly use for $88.

"VTA is proud to be a partner in the Bay Area Bike Share program, providing transit riders with a "last-mile" solution that helps them take cars off the road," the agency said on the Bike Share Facebook page.

The pilot program will initially provide 400 bicycles docked at stations along the Caltrain corridor in Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose.

The planned stations in Mountain View include:
  • Mountain View Caltrain station
  • Mountain View City Hall
  • Evelyn Park and Ride
  • Castro Street and El Camino Real
  • Rengstorff Avenue at California Street
  • San Antonio Shopping Center
  • San Antonio Caltrain station

On Facebook, Councilman Mike Kasperzak expressed his excitement and input at the impending launch of the bike share program and share thoughts on the location of docking stations. 

"I am so excited this is finally getting off the ground," he said. "Now, if we can only re-arrange some of the stations in Mountain View so that they are located where people might actually ride to, like works centers or shopping centers near residential centers."

In previous interviews Karen Schkolnick, grants program manager for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, shared the program serves to solve the problem of many who drive to work who would take public transportation if they could get to work from the public transit station.

"We call it the last mile solution," Schkolnick said. "As folks learn about bike sharing, and try it, it could increase their reliance on mass transit instead of driving a mile or two."

The total cost of the pilot program is $7 million and funded through local and regional grants in combination with a $4.3 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Climate Initiatives Grant program.

Additional reporting from Bay City News.

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