Bike share for the community, by the community

Designed by Bay Area residents

Ford GoBike is the Bay Area’s bike share program, connecting neighborhoods across San Francisco Bay Area. It has been planned in consultation with thousands of residents, local agencies and elected officials to ensure that bike share works for the communities it serves. Ford GoBike will completely transform the way Bay Area residents get around.

By 2018, there will be 7,000 Ford GoBikes across San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville. New stations will be added regularly between 2017 and 2018.

Motivate and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) are committed to ensuring bike share is equitable, accessible, and reflects the diversity of the communities it serves. As part of this commitment, at least 20% of the bikes in the Ford GoBike program will be located in MTC designated “communities of concern.”

Public Feedback Process

  • Bay Area Bike Share Pilot (700 bikes in downtown SF) 2015-2017
  • Public Workshops (31+) for Ford GoBike (7,000 bikes in Bay Area region) 2015-2017
  • Ongoing Community Meetings and Workshops (Contact us to request one)
  • Preferred Stations Identified
  • Fill out this short survey and tell us what you think of the proposed station locations:
  • To suggest new station locations please fill out the form here.

Station siting

Stations can be placed in the street, on sidewalks or plazas, and on private property.

A typical Ford Gobike station has 19 bike docks, a kiosk for rental transactions, a solar panel, and a map panel. It typically measures 50 feet long by 7 feet wide.

Smaller stations are possible, but we've found that stations any smaller are often full of bikes or completely empty, which makes the system less reliable for everyone.

We also have larger stations in downtown/commercial areas. Our large stations are good for busier areas and at locations that see a high number of regular commuters, while we have smaller stations for more residential areas.

What we look for when identifying a potential station site:

  • Connecting points of Interest and Community Assets (ie. parks, public plazas, markets, schools, hospitals) and residents

  • Accessible 24/7

  • Near Transit and Bike infrastructure

  • High Visibility

  • Clear of Public Utilities (Water, Gas, Storm Drains, etc)

Importance of station density:

Having stations close together is important for a successful bike share program. More nearby stations means more places to dock or find a bike. Good station density is important for system reliability and usefulness. Our team works 24/7 in response for more bikes or empty docks. The more docks in an area, the easier it is for our team to provide enough bikes for everyone. Our goals is to have stations no further than a 5 minute walk from you.

Community Outreach

We believe a robust community engagement process is essential in creating a successful bike share system for the Bay Area. We have held dozens of public workshops and hundreds of meetings with community groups, merchant organizations, elected officials, neighbors and other stakeholders. We incorporate valuable community feedback into our planning process so that our stations provide the most benefit to local communities.

Please reach out to us at outreach@fordgobike.com to set up a community presentation, site walk through, or for more information about bike share. We want to hear from you!

Read our 2017 Outreach Report.
View our outreach Feedback Requested Flyer.
View our Community Presentation Powerpoint.


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