What makes a good location for a bike share station?
Stations can be placed in the street, on sidewalks or plazas, and on private property.
An average Ford GoBike station has 19 bike docks, a kiosk for rental transactions, a solar panel, and a map panel. Sometimes, stations are larger to accommodate demand and usage. We've found that stations any smaller are too often full of bikes or completely empty, which makes the system less reliable for residents.
We also have larger stations in the Bay Area. Our bigger stations are good for busier areas and at locations that see a high number of regular commuters.
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 goal is to have stations no further than a 5 minute walk from you.
When we put stations on sidewalks, we need to leave at least six feet of clear space for pedestrians, strollers, and ADA accessibility (in most cities). An off-street station needs at least 12 feet of continuous, uninterrupted sidewalk width, with an additional 3 feet if placed alongside a curb.
We can put stations in most places where parked cars could go. Most of our stations create parking for 19 bikes in the same space as about 3 cars. Stations can be placed near intersections to increase visibility between drivers and pedestrians, creating overall safer streets.
ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
Sometimes, we can put stations on privately-owned property. These locations need to be publicly-accessible at all times and relatively easy for us to service. Most importantly, the land-owners must legally agree to have our stations on their property. Some areas that seem to be part of the public sidewalk or public plaza are privately-owned.
Stations with good visibility help people feel safe using bike share. Visible stations are in spots with good night-time lighting, near destinations, and easy to spot from the street. Stations are placed to minimize conflicts with people walking, biking and driving.
All of our stations are solar powered. Without enough exposure to sunlight, the station will not function at its best capacity.
CLEAR OF OBSTRUCTIONS
Stations cannot block utility access points such as fire hydrants, sewer grates, and manholes. We want workers to have quick access so they can maintain essential services. Stations also cannot block doorways, garages, windows, or street furnishing and planters. We want residents and pedestrians to be able to access buildings and street furniture while providing easy access to a bike share station.