What is Bike Share?
Santa Barbara is exploring the potential for a public bike share system to reduce traffic congestion and parking demand, and to support our City’s sustainability efforts. The Bike Share Pilot Program will provide a citywide fleet of electric-assist bikes available for rent in the public right of way.
The Bike Share Pilot Program will provide an affordable point-to-point e-bike ride with easy access to key destinations. Designed with short trips in mind, bike sharing is great for those trips that are too far to walk, but too close to drive.
The Bike Share Network:
In conjunction with our program operator, BCycle, the City launched the first phase of the three-year Bike Share Pilot Program on January 28, 2021. The Bike Share Pilot Program will include the installation of 500 docks that will serve a fleet of around 250 pedal-assist e-bikes.
You may have seen these bikes along the State Street Promenade, or elsewhere around town, and new bike share locations are continually being added. As the program develops, the City will assess whether the Bike Share Pilot Program is a good fit for Santa Barbara, and will return to City Council for direction near the end of the three-year period.
How do I try a BCycle e-bike?
You will need a mobile smartphone device and the free BCycle app to unlock a BCycle bike. The e-bikes reach a maximum pedal-assist speed of 17-mph and have constantly illuminated front and rear lights. Need a helmet? Bicycle Bob’s and Fastrack Bicycles are offering discounts to BCycle members.
There are several membership options available:
Annual - $150 for 30-minute rides, with $3 usage fees for each additional 30-minutes.
Monthly - $30 for 30-minute rides, with $3 usage fees for each additional 30-minutes.
Walk-Up - $7 per every 30-minute ride. For more membership details, go to the BCycle Santa Barbara website at santabarbara.bcycle.com.
About Santa Barbara BCycle:
Located in the heart of Downtown, Santa Barbara BCycle LLC, delivers a best-in-class e-bike share system for the City and is committed to providing an environmentally sustainable transportation alternative for cities. Santa Barbara BCycle believes that bike sharing is the bicycle’s role in public transit, and is on a mission to change the world by getting more people on bikes. BCycle, a fully-owned subsidiary of Trek Bicycle, partners with organizations across the country to deliver community-based bike share. For more information, visit www.bcycle.com, and more importantly santabarbara.bcycle.com for the latest on BCycle in Santa Barbara.
Questions? Comments? Would you like to request a Bike Share dock near you?
Sam Furtner, Mobility Coordinator for the City of Santa Barbara
Jesse Rosenberg, General Manager of Santa Barbara BCycle