Whether you are visiting the Bay Area, or live there, you can now earn airline miles while pedaling around.
How? Well, Ford GoBike, the new Bay Area bike-sharing program, has teamed up with Alaska Airlines. Mileage Plan members earn 10 miles for each ride anywhere in the Bay Area. It’s not a huge bonus, but hey, you are getting outside, getting healthy and seeing the city in a new way, right? Plus, if you are a heavy user, it can add up, right?
Those who use the Ford GoBike program can pick up a bicycle at any station and return it to any other station. The program’s app, available at Apple’s App Store or Google Play, provides real-time bike availability information for any station.
Participants can simply link the app to their Mileage Plan account to start earning the miles. Alaska is a founding partner in the Ford GoBike program.
In addition to its 240 bike-sharing stations in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville, Ford GoBike recently made its debut in San Jose with 34 bike stations. Another nine will be installed in San Jose soon, and 21 more have been proposed pending community review.
Ford GoBike offers different membership and usage options, including $3 for a single trip, $9.95 for a day pass, and $149 for an annual membership.
When completed in 2018, the 7,000-bike, 546-station Ford GoBike network will be the second-largest bike share system in North America after Mexico City’s Ecobici program.
Have you given a bike sharing program anywhere in the world a try yet? Where? How was it? Please leave your comments below.
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