San Francisco Bay Area bike-share could expand

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A bicycle sharing program popular in San Francisco and Silicon Valley could soon expand to the East Bay.

A program launched last summer allows riders in San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose to hop on one of more than 600 bikes parked at about 70 different stations.

Transportation planners are recommending the program be expanded into Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville by late 2015.

The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/1g4mK7w ) on Wednesday, a committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission will consider whether to allocate $8.7 million in federal funds to continue the existing bike share program and expand to the East Bay.

To start out, planners recommend adding 60 bike stations and 750 bright blue bikes in the three cities.

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Information from: Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com