Thousands of new “shareable” bikes are coming to San Francisco.
A new map released Tuesday by Ford GoBike shows 101 of these app-enabled bike share stations may soon come to the Bayview, North Beach, Balboa Park and Marina neighborhoods, among others.
Many of those neighborhoods don’t currently have access to the bikeshare program, and will play host to the nearly 7,000 shareable bikes planned for the Bay Area by the time the plan fully rolls out, potentially by next spring.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition received a $100,000 grant from Google.org to advocate for equitable bikeshare locations, to ensure bike access for communities of color and low-income households. Chris Cassidy, a spokesperson for the coalition, offered a positive review for the proposed bike stations — so far.
“The proposed density and contiguous nature of stations across a range of neighborhoods looks promising,” Cassidy said. “We’ll continue advocating for a strong commitment to grassroots outreach permitting communities around those proposed stations to inform the final placements.”
Notably, the proposed stations still require city approvals. But much outreach was done already, as the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and bikeshare operator Motivate reached out in neighborhood workshops and online for residents’ desired bikeshare station locations.
Ford GoBike’s initial announced expansions focused heavily on the downtown core of San Francisco, as well as the Mission District and along the east-west “Wiggle” bike route. But this newest expansion, as far as Palou Avenue in the Bayview, Geneva Avenue near Balboa Park BART station, and near Chestnut Street in the Marina, shows Ford GoBike’s foray into more residential neighborhoods.
A future map may include bikeshare stations in the Richmond District, Laurel Heights, Inner Sunset, Sunset, Ingleside, West Portal and Lakeside neighborhoods, according to Ford GoBike.