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San Ramon To Consider E-Scooter, E-Bike Sharing Pilot Program

Patch logo Patch 8/8/2022 Michael Wittner
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SAN RAMON, CA — The San Ramon City Council will consider authorizing a 12-month pilot program for electric scooters and bicycles within the city.

The program has been in the works since April 2019, when the Contra Costa Transportation Authority received an $8 million grant to develop innovative mobility programs along the I-680 corridor from Walnut Creek to San Ramon. A bike share program was designated as an important component of that goal, and Walnut Creek and Danville hope to implement similar programs after San Ramon.

City staff from San Ramon, Walnut Creek and Danville worked with regional transportation authorities to review bids from five vendors, and eventually selected Bird Rides, Inc., which provides electric bike and scooter sharing programs in 400 cities across the world.

If the council approves a resolution, a pilot program will last from Sept. 1, 2022 to Sept. 1, 2023. During this period, 120 electric scooters and 30 electric bikes will be located at approved, designated locations like parks, libraries, community centers, etc. throughout the city known as “Bird Nests.” Bikes and scooters will be managed by Bird staff and available at various locations between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. seven days a week. Bikes will cost $1 to unlock, and 25 to 39 cents per minute thereafter.

During the pilot period, the city will not pay Bird anything, and all funds will come from users. The city council, city staff and the East Bay Regional Park District will check in regularly with Bird staff to discuss functionality, usership, and how the program is affecting the city’s traffic and quality of life. Bikes and scooters are currently not allowed on the Iron Horse Trail, but negotiations with the East Bay Park District are underway. The city is also planning a marketing campaign to inform residents about the options and incorporate their feedback.

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