San Francisco City Hall announced the opening of eight Bay Wheels bike share stations in Golden Gate Park, with four more to come in the coming weeks. The new stations are expected to ease congestion and create new biking capacity in the park, while also increasing access to popular destinations like the de Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, and the Gardens.
Bay Wheels, formerly known as Ford GoBike, is a bike share program managed by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) in partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD). The program originally launched in August 2013 with 350 bikes and 35 stations, and has since expanded to include over 4,000 bikes and 400 stations across the Bay Area.
The new bike share stations in Golden Gate Park include five classic bike share stations and seven virtual stations, stretching from east of the Conservatory of Flowers to the westernmost edge of the park near Ocean Beach. The classic docked stations allow riders to check out and return bikes at the station, while the virtual corral stations allow riders to park bikes at designated areas within the park.
The addition of bike share stations in Golden Gate Park is part of a larger effort to expand the Bay Wheels program throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area. The program has been successful in reducing traffic congestion and increasing access to transportation options, particularly in areas with limited public transit.
The new Bay Wheels bike share stations in Golden Gate Park provide a convenient and sustainable transportation option for visitors and residents alike, while also helping to reduce traffic congestion and promote a healthier lifestyle.