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Dockless Bicycle System For Better Transit Access

Provide means for citizens to travel to transit stops using city sponsored dockless bicycle system, for boarding transit instead of driving.

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Dan Hafeman Sustainability Commission

How are you connected to Sunnyvale?

  • I live in Sunnyvale.

Stage of Development.

  • Early concept or idea (<few months of work)

What problem are you aiming to solve? (100 words)

People who live beyond walking dist. from stop, only choice is drive. But no parking @ bus stops & Caltrain ltd. & expensive. Folks can't use transit effectively.

Tell us more about your climate strategy or solution (500 words)

A dockless bicycle share program with bike parking areas distributed at strategic points through the neighborhood would allow transit users to walk to one of the parking areas, grab a bike and ride to the transit stop, where the bike would be then parked in a designated area. On return, the reverse happens. Note that Mountain View is implementing a dockless bicycle program city wide. The program I describe could be modeled on the Mountain View one with the additional requirement that each transit stop has a designated bike storage area. Neighborhood dockless bike parking areas could be at city parks, popular local minimarts, or local strip malls.

Describe how your solution could be a game-changer for your selected Opportunity Area (100 words)

It can be the solution for the "first mile" and "last mile" problem which plagues transit in suburban neighborhoods.

Explain how your idea would be implemented in Sunnyvale (700 words)

A private company would run the program as is being done in Mountain View. Sunnyvale would be responsible for identifying the appropriate bike parking areas and overseeing the program. Ideally, both simple pedal and electric assist bikes would be available. Sunnyvale would have to take the initiative to contact the companies offering dockless bicycle sharing, and for educating the public on its use.

What kind of impact will your idea have? (250 words)

Hopefully it will enable many more people to use transit to get around the county instead of driving. My wife and I live within a mile of the downtown caltrain station and the 22/522 bus. Being walking distance, we almost always use transit. But many of my colleagues don't have this luxury and rarely if ever use transit.

Scale: Describe how your idea could reach a significant number of people affected. (250 words)

See above discussion

Feasibility: Where are you with understanding the feasibility of your idea? Describe what you’ve done so far and your plans. (500 words)

Mountain View is implementing a city wide dockless bike system as I write.

As you consider your next steps, what kinds of help could you use? Is there a type of expertise that would be most helpful? (300 words)

The city has to study such a program and so the next step most likely is to submit it as a study issue. I would be glad to work as a volunteer on it.

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  • No, please do not share my contact information

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