Bay Area Bike Share has logged more than 100,000 trips made by people using its bikes in the first four months of the pilot program, a spokesman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said today.
The 100,000 trips were made between Aug. 29, when the program started, and Dec. 29. The cities participating so far are San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto, air district spokesman Tom Flannigan said.
When the program began, there were 700 of the seven-speed bikes available at 70 kiosks scattered throughout the participating cities.
By the end of this year, the number of bicycle stations in those cities will expand to 100, and there will be a total of 1,000 bikes in the system, Flannigan said.
The bikes are intended for short trips of 30 minutes or less. A daily pass costs $9 and allows the user to make unlimited short trips on the bike. If the bike usage exceeds 30 minutes, the user is charged a $4 fee. Three-day passes cost $22, and an annual membership costs $88.
The $11.2 million project is a partnership between the air quality district, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Caltrain, SamTrans, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Mateo County, San Francisco and Redwood City.
Jeff Burbank, Bay City News