OCTA has announced a new bike sharing program for Fullerton.
Basically, you rent a bike, ride it to the next rental station, and leave it. It has been proven effective in such large cities as Denver and Washington, D.C.
The are many questions that are not answered in this poster or the website. Here are some of the answers from OCTA BikeLink and other sources you need to understand the potential value of BikeLink in your life.
- There are said to be 10 stations initially planned in Fullerton: Fullerton Train Station, Fullerton City Hall Complex, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton College and College Plaza Shopping Center. But that’s only five stations on the list; and the map only shows eight stations.
- During the two-year pilot program, BikeLink bikes will operate only within the city of Fullerton.
- Meanwhile, Bike Nation, a Tustin-based company, which is the company it appears is installing the bikes in Fullerton (it is never stated clearly), has installed 10 kiosks and 100 bikes in Anaheim. Initial reviews from Veggie Biking audience members say that system is less than satisfactory.
- BikeNation’s 4,000-bike Los Angeles bike sharing program is reported by the Los Angeles Times to be on hold until a financial backer or an advertising program can be found to augment the program’s, rental fees.
- There is no mention of reciprocity between the Fullerton and Anaheim systems. So you cannot, it appears, take bikes from one city to the other, a natural thing for college students to do.
- You can buy a one-day or seven-day Fullerton Bikelink Access Pass* from any OCTA BikeLink station. It appears you must use a credit card for this, as a $100 refundable deposit is placed on the card every time you rent a bike. Can you charge a trip using your smartphone as in Washington, D.C., or do you have to use the Kiosk?
- A BikeLink Access Pass ranges from $5 for a one-day Pass to $12 for a seven-day pass.
- The first 30 minutes of riding on every trip is free.
- If your trip is longer than 30 minutes you will be charged overtime fees (see pricing).
- Or you can buy an annual pass which gives you an annual membership card with which you can simply tap the kiosk and remove a bicycle.
- Annual memberships are available for purchase online.
- If there are no empty docks, go to the kiosk, swipe your credit card and you will receive a 15-minute credit. You will then be directed to the nearest station with empty docks. (Do you get a free bus pass to get back to where you wanted to be?)
- You can check the BikeLink station map online prior to your ride for real-time information such as available docks and bikes.
- However, there is no mention of using the smartphone Spotcycle app which gives information for over 40 cities world wide, including Long Beach.
- The bicycles have easy adjusting seat posts with calibration marks to ensure the right seat height for you every ride. The bicycles also have step-thru frames for ease of use and low center of gravity.
- The BikeLink bicycle utilizes airless tires and chainless shaft-driven drivetrain.
- All the bicycles have baskets in the front for your personal belongings.
- DO NOT ABANDON YOUR CHECKED-OUT BICYCLE IF IT DOESN’T WORK!, warns OCTA. It remains your responsibility until properly returned. Return and lock it at the dock and push the red mechanics button on the dock.You can return the bike at any of the stations located in the city of Fullerton. Simply put the bike into any available dock, wait for the green light to blink to make sure it locks and you are done until your next ride. (Is there a pick-up service such as the bike rental shops provide?)
- Call the OCTA Bikelink 24-hour Customer Service Center at 800.980.7942 if you have any questions.
OCTA asks you share this information a friend or associate. If you want questions answered in person, you can bike to the Orange County Transportation Authority, 550 S. Main St., Orange, CA, 92863-1584.