SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
The Ford Motor Company is partnering with Motivate to build the second-largest bike share network in the United States, the largest being in New York City. GoBike will rent a fleet of 7,000 bicycles in San Francisco and in the Bay Area from Oakland to San Jose. Trips will cost $3, with monthly and annual passes available. Payments may be made with local mass transit Clipper commuter cards already used by millions. Ford is footing the bill, while Motivate will handle everything else, from designing and building the bike stations, handling all city permits, and designing the mobile app for locating and unlocking the bikes, to operating the system once it is complete. Based in New York, Motivate has set up bike-share networks in nine cities. Ford is interested in the project as a means of extrapolating future trends in transportation. Last year, the company invested in Chariot, a short-route, on-demand commuter service, also in the Bay Area.