SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN)—Timbuk2’s retail store in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco is making a small fleet of four Globe bikes available to shoppers for free as part of a new bike share program that launched today.
“A perfect eco alternative to cars, these bikes are available for short commutes, errands, or a whole day of adventure while touring the city,” the company said.
The bike share program branched from Timbuk2’s roots in the bike culture, officials said. Timbuk2 CEO Mike Wallenfels is particularly passionate about getting people out of their cars and on bikes. He commutes 38 miles by bike from his home in Marin to Timbuk2 headquarters in the Mission District on a regular basis and frequently leads seminars with bike coalitions on how to get started with bike commuting.
To gain access to the bikes, patrons fill out a registration form. Along with a bike, users are outfitted with a Bern helmet, Timbuk2 bag and a bike map highlighting the company’s favorite, must-see spots around town. Bikes are available only during store hours with no time limit on how long they can be taken out for.