San Mateo County has joined a pilot program that would lend bikes to Caltrain commuters for the day. The pilot may begin by the summer of 2012.
Commuters could essentially deboard Caltrain, check out a bicycle from a kiosk, and ride to a final destination where the bike could be left in another nearby kiosk.
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted Aug. 9 to join a partnership of local agencies participating in the program, known as the Regional Bicycle Share Pilot Project, which will be administered by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
The program aims to put up to 1,000 bikes in more than 100 kiosks along Caltrain's Peninsula corridor, according to air district spokesman Aaron Richardson. "The idea is that one of the ways these bikes could be most valuable is as commute extenders," he said.
The pilot program would establish bike kiosks in San Francisco, Redwood City, Mountain View, Palo Alto and San Jose.
Among the agencies that have agreed to take part in the pilot program are the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the San Mateo County Transportation District, the city of Redwood City and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
By joining the partnership, San Mateo County has agreed to provide staff to promote the program locally and designate sites on county-owned properties as possible locations for kiosks.
"Bike sharing is an innovative way to improve our community's health and air quality by replacing short car trips with zero-emission bikes," air district executive director Jack Broadbent said in a statement.
The pilot program is being funded by $4.29 million in grant funds awarded to the air district by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Mr. Richardson said.