The Bay Area continues to find ways to reduce its carbon footprint, but City CarShare is going to push the envelope further by adding electric bicycles to its car-sharing program.

Portland’s steps to offer parking spaces in the Lloyd District came after the city’s transportation department “cycle zone analysis” showed that it had the highest score in use and potential connectivity in the city with bicycles, according to Bike Portland.

Three apartment complexes in the Lloyd District are under construction.  Every building will dedicate at least one floor for residents to park their bicycles.  The best part about these apartments is that tenants who have bikes will not have to pay rent for their parking space — each unit is guaranteed one bicycle parking spot. Despite these efforts, architect Kyle Andersen thinks it may not be enough for the city that has implemented many environmentally friendly features in recent years.

“The bikes vary in motor location, wheel size, electric assistance, etc. The test will gather member input on various functionalities and help guide us in further development of the eBike program.” Dedrick Roper, City CarShare​’s electric bike-share project manager, told the source.

One of City CarShare’s biggest clients, the University of California, Berkeley, was chosen to be one of the participants for the pre-pilot. Already dubbed as one of the most eco-friendly colleges in the United States, it seems fitting to kick off the program at Berkeley.

Although car-sharing services have been a success in San Francisco, offering electric bicycles has great potential as well. The rental rate would be 40 to 70 percent lower than the cost of renting a car. On a single charge, electric bicycles can go between 30 to 40 miles.

This environmentally friendly initiative will likely gain popularity in San Francisco, but residents shouldn’t stop there. Nowadays, there are so many ways to reduce your carbon footprint, it has almost become too easy.

This push toward greener life can also be seen among businesses that focus on becoming more environmentally conscious.

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