Bike sharing is coming to Sunnyside

stationMotivate, the operator of the Ford Gobike branded bike share system is proposing three bike stations in Sunnyside and would like your input.

The system offers public use of the bikes for $3.00 per half hour ride,  $9.95 for a day pass or $145.00 for a year of unlimited forty-five-minute rides.  If you qualify for Calfresh, SFMTA (Low Income) Lifeline Passes or PG&E CARE utility discount you can get a year of unlimited one-hour rides for $5.00.

Bike sharing is a great way to get around for people who would like to cycle but it also frees up space on the streets for drivers and it lightens the load for Muni by diverting people to other modes of transit.


The proposed station locations are Monterey at Gennesee, Hearst at Edna, Hearst at Baden and Judson, near Gennesee.

Motivate says their Ford GoBike station locations are determined based on a combination of community feedback (public workshops, community meetings, etc), engineering analysis, neighborhood needs and input from the city of San Francisco. Additionally, when selecting suitable locations, numerous criteria are considered including access to solar power, American Disabilities Act requirements and anticipated demand. You can read more about their outreach process on their expansion page.

You can provide feedback on individual locations through their online survey, which is also available in Spanish and Chinese.

6 responses to “Bike sharing is coming to Sunnyside

  1. Is Hearst at Edna, because of the bike route on Hearst?

  2. Yes, the bike route is on Hearst. The block between Edna and Foerster also has the least demand for parking at most hours of the day because there is no housing on the southern side of the street.

  3. You could link to which shows what stations might look like. Also note that your link to SNA in blogroll is broken

  4. what about the two schools on that side of that block of Hearst, and the AM and PM, M-F drop-offs/pick-ups?

    • Richard, how do you see a bike station affecting school drop-offs? I see it as minimal and possibly even positive. Some parents could bike to pick up their kids, then walk home, thereby reducing traffic.

      For me, your question brings up the bigger problem of the traffic chaos that happens twice a day at every school in the city. When you and I were kids we attended the school that was in our neighborhood and we walked with our neighbors or alone. I remember being walked by my mother three blocks to school on my first day of kindergarten on the North Side of Chicago. The next day the mothers of our apartment building assembled the kids out on the sidewalk, had us hold hands with the bigger kids and waved goodbye.

      Some of my best childhood memories are of crabapple fights on the way home in the afternoon!

      My kids are in their late teens now but when they went to Sunnyside they only had to cross two streets to walk to school, one with a crossing guard, yet in third grade, they have to have us sign a waiver to be released from school alone!

      My feeling is that the dangerous traffic around schools needs to be fixed, not accommodated for.

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