Bay Bikes – Here, There and Everywhere

Still figuring out whether or not to try San Mateo’s bike-sharing program, Bay Bikes? You know, the pretty blue bikes you’ve seen at hubs throughout the City? Maybe it’s time you added this to your list of New Year’s resolutions.

Starting is easy, but if you prefer a personalized introduction, you can attend a free public workshop, led by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) on February 16 (6:30 – 7:30pm) at the San Mateo Public Library located at 55 West 3rd Avenue.

On a recent Sunday Social Ride, SVBC’s Ann Jasper led a group on a scenic ride through downtown San Mateo. Checking out the bikes from the San Mateo Caltrain station, it was a great way to try out Bay Bikes at no cost, courtesy of a coupon provided by the City of San Mateo.

The riders not only found the bikes easy to use, but also saw sites that they might typically zoom by in a car. Upon reaching Central Park, the group enjoyed checking out the bear, giraffe, and dog statues in the park.

Riders try San Mateo’s bike-sharing in a Sunday Social ride, led by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition.

The group stopped at the San Mateo Coffee Company on 25th Avenue, which is across the street from another Bay Bikes hub. Other sites along the route included errand-oriented destinations such as grocery stores, transit centers, and through our very own Bay Meadows community. Many passersby encouraged riders with thumbs-up along the way.

A testament to its ease, Bay Bikes recently reached 508 bike share members! In addition to a simple payment and access process, the bikes are easy to ride. Equipped with a large basket, 3 gears, and adjustable seat posts, Bay Bikes are good for errands or even recreation.

Recently, member Anna Walters of Bikes Make Life Better took “Lucky 013” out for a Cyclo Cross outing at Coyote Point! Anna reports, “Bay Bike 013 was fastest on the downhill sections of the course.”

Follow SVBC on Facebook to get advance notice of the next Sunday Social ride with Bay Bikes.

Anna on “Lucky 013” at Coyote Point.

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