Residents of Santa Cruz County and visitors from all over the world walk West Cliff Drive to enjoy the natural beauty of the coastline and marine life.
Please join us in protecting this treasured landscape from installation of bike hubs in the coastal zone. The bike share program in Santa Cruz will be successful if bike hubs are not installed in the coastal zone as there are several other bike hubs on close proximity of the West Cliff path.
What's at stake?
- The natural beauty of our coastline — Our City Council has approved permits for a private vendor to install seven commercial bike rental hubs on the coast. Each hub will house fourteen bright red-orange electric bikes, with plans to double these numbers in the future.
- Safe use of the coastal path — Besides degrading the pristine beauty of the coastline, these ebikes present a safety concern as dozens are introduced immediately onto the coastal path, where folks are already negotiating for space to bicycle or walk with dogs or strollers. These ebikes reach maximum speeds of 20 mph and weigh 80 pounds each. This concerns residents who walk this path frequently and fear that the speed and weight of the ebikes will deny pedestrians safe use of the coastal path.
What is a bike share rental hub?
Bike share rental hubs are the docking stations for the electric bikes in the bike rental program. Hub dimensions vary based on the number of e- bikes that are present. The hubs will be 5.5 feet wide and approximately 40 feet long (about two car parking lengths). Each station is made of powder-coated steel, 27 inches in height and will stock 14 e-bikes weighing 80 pounds each, with plans for expansion. The instructional sign, 6 feet tall, 1 foot wide and four inches thick, will include maps, safety tips, and system instructions. This commercial installation, with its tall sign and bright red-orange bikes, does not belong in the coastal zone.
What Bike Share in Santa Cruz could be...
Car congestion is a real problem in Santa Cruz. A master plan is needed to make biking and public transportation the dominant form of transportation in Santa Cruz. A bike share program that provides access to bikes for transportation rather than short ride recreation is critical to its success. These programs are most successful in a university town, like Santa Cruz. A bike share program can be designed to coordinate bike access with the existing public transportation corridor and the UCSC campus. We can achieve this without surrendering the natural beauty of the coast.