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Upside: Canepa unveils bikeshare station in Daly City

REDWOOD CITY, California – San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Vice President and Metropolitan Transportation Commission Legislation Committee Chair David J. Canepa unveiled the debut of a Bay Wheels bikeshare station to kick off National Bike Month at a news conference May 1 on 379 St. Charles Ave. Daly City.

“This is a social movement that will pave the way for safe bicycling and its debut at Daly City BART, the ninth busiest in the system, can propel the Bay Area to be the most bike-friendly in the nation one day,” Canepa said. “It’s a last-mile commute solution that is better for the environment and better for the mind and body. Today, Amsterdam is considered to be the most bike-friendly in the entire world, but it was only a few decades ago that the city’s streets were clogged with cars like we are now. I’m proud to be a part of a growing movement that shows what a little pedal power can do.”

The new docking station marks the first Bay Wheels location in San Mateo County and the continuation of a growth strategy that began last fall with the introduction of more than 1,500 new e-bikes and 30 new docking stations in San Francisco and San Jose and then shifted last month to the East Bay, where the system is adding 24 new docking stations and 565 next-generation e-bikes in Oakland, Emeryville and Berkeley.

Launched in 2017, Bay Wheels is the Bay Area’s regional bikeshare program with over 6,000 bicycles  —  both pedal-powered and pedal-assist electric bikes — at more than 500 stations in San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville and Daly City. Lyft operates Bay Wheels under a contract managed by MTC.W


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