FAIRFIELD — The Bay Area Bike Share pilot program will debut Aug. 29, with the public having access to shared bicycles in San Francisco, Redwood City, Pala Alto, Mountain View and San Jose.
Bikes will be available near mass transit hubs, employment centers and universities. People taking mass transit can use a bike to pedal to their destination.
“Transportation is the single biggest contributor to air pollution and greenhouse gases in the Bay Area,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, in a press release. “Bike share empowers the public to get out of their cars, take transit and reduce transportation impacts on our region.”
People who want to use the bikes pay $88 for an annual pass, $22 for a three-day pass and $9 for a daily pass. Trips exceeding a half-hour have additional costs. Go to www.bayareabikeshare.com for more information.
Phase one will make available 700 bikes at 70 stations. Three hundred bikes and 30 stations will be added in early 2014, the press release said.
The pilot program costs $11.2 million. It is managed by the air district and Metropolitan Transportation Commission along with local partners.
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