City CarShare To Run San Francisco’s Electric Bike Sharing Program

Electric bicycles are coming to San Francisco and Berkeley next year as part of a bike sharing pilot program approved by transportation officials Tuesday.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors gave the go-ahead for a $1.5 million grant toward an electric bikeshare program that will partner with City CarShare and the University of California at Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center.

City CarShare is a Bay Area nonprofit member-based carsharing organization that serves San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and other East Bay cities.

In San Francisco, $740,000 will be diverted to the program that will offer electric bicycles to City CarShare members at 20 stations in San Francisco and Berkeley.

The other portion of the money will be used in Berkeley where the research group will monitor usage of the alternative travel option during the pilot that will end in 2018.

City CarShare will run and maintain the bicycles and stations. Electric bicycles have a low-powered motor that allow riders to reach up to 20 mph.

SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said the program will launch in summer 2014.

Funding for the grant comes from the Federal Highway Administration.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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  • Take that, hills!

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  • Nate Smith III

    This will be a great program when it is rolled out and hopefully a model that other municipalities will mimic and embrace as well.

  • Nate Smith III

    This will be a great program when it is rolled out and hopefully a model that other municipalities will mimic and embrace as well.

  • Michael Dougherty

    University of Tenn already has an electric bike share program. Preety soon all colleges and universities and large corporate campuses will embrace electric bikes. The french have a huge 20,000. bycycle electric bike share program its awesome first 1/2 hour is free is you belong to the association

  • Michael Dougherty

    University of Tenn already has an electric bike share program. Preety soon all colleges and universities and large corporate campuses will embrace electric bikes. The french have a huge 20,000. bycycle electric bike share program its awesome first 1/2 hour is free is you belong to the association

  • SFGuy

    I wonder if there will be an option to join the bike share program without having to join the car share program.

    • kkba

      unfortunately, they will not 🙁

  • SFGuy

    I wonder if there will be an option to join the bike share program without having to join the car share program.