San Francisco supervisor wants to expand bike share program 

  • Mike Koozmin/Special to The S.F. Examiner

A San Francisco supervisor on Tuesday called for a hearing on how The City can expand the regional bike-share program that launched last month.

The pilot program Bay Area Bike Share launched Aug. 29. It offers 350 bikes at 35 stations in San Francisco and 350 more in Redwood City, Mountain View, Palo Alto and San Jose.

Supervisor Scott Wiener authored a resolution earlier this year calling on San Francisco to build off the pilot program and implement a citywide bike-share initiative by 2014. The resolution, which is nonbinding, was passed unanimously by his colleagues on the board.

San Francisco will have an additional 150 bikes in the program by the end of this year, with another 150 also being added in the other four participating cities. However, the overall scope of the project is smaller than those in New York City and Chicago, according to Wiener.

"To truly reap the full benefits of this program — like reducing traffic, improving public transit and stimulating the local economy — and to ensure its viability, we need to act promptly to expand bike-sharing throughout San Francisco," Wiener said in a statement.

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