Micromobility devices like shared bikes and scooters make it easy to cover short distances. They’re especially helpful in covering the ‘last mile’ between a transit station and work or any distance that’s too close to drive but too far to walk.
What is Micromobility?
Micromobility is a category of affordable, lightweight transportation ideal for trips of five miles or less and designed for individual use. Micromobility devices can be personally owned bicycles, e-bikes, electric scooters and electric skateboards, or shared bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters. Shared micromobility options are available in the Bay Area that can be useful for:
- Getting to or from BART without having to bring your bike with you on the train.
- Running an errand or grabbing a bite on your lunch break when it’s too far to walk.
- Fun, recreational trips like touring downtown.
Shared Bikes and Scooters
Bikesharing is ideal for short distance, point-to-point trips. Users can pick up a bicycle from a dedicated bike station or by locating a dockless bike via app, take it for a spin, then return it within the system’s service area. Bikesharing is typically used for short, spontaneous trips that are often combined with other transportation modes like transit.
Gotcha: Electric Bikeshare in Richmond
If you live in Richmond, Gotcha’s ever-growing fleet of e-bikes is a sustainable way to get around while ditching traffic. Their e-bikes make it easy to roll to work, class, or home, quickly and easily. To locate a Gotcha e-bike, download their app – Gotcha Powered by BOLT – and find the nearest bike hub on the map. It costs $2 to unlock a bike and 10¢ per minute.
FREE RIDES: Up to 5 free bike unlocks ($2/each). Use the promo code 511CC.
Bay Wheels Bikeshare
Bay Wheels is a bikesharing system offering both bicycles and e-bikes. It combines dockless and docked bikesharing, allowing users to return their bike to a docking station or lock it to a public bike rack. Bikes are located and rented using the Lyft app. Currently, Bay Wheels bikes are available in San Francisco, Emeryville, Oakland, Berkeley, and San Jose.
Scootersharing is a service where electric scooters (e-scooters) are made available for short-term rental. In the Bay Area, Spin e-scooters are available dockless, which means they can be located via app and returned anywhere in the service area. Scooters are parked near the curb on sidewalks, and users ride in bike lanes or in the street – when no bike lanes are present. E-scooters are convenient to use in combination with other forms of transportation to complete the first or last mile of a commute.
Biking is inexpensive, reduces traffic congestion, cuts emissions, and keeps you active. E-bikes add to the range of a traditional bike with a pedal assist that makes hills a breeze. Owning an e-bike puts a longer-range, easy to recharge, zero-emission, fun-to-ride micromobility option at your fingertips.
E-bike Rebate Program
Contra Costa residents who purchase an e-bike, e-bike conversion kit, or electric moped can apply for a rebate through our new program. A limited number of $300 rebates for low-income residents and $150 standard rebates are available to assist in the purchase of these clean-fuel vehicles which are a great alternative to driving.