Project goal: Offer an eco-friendly alternative to driving for quick trips in Yosemite Valley, while reducing road and parking-lot congestion.

Why this work matters: Traffic jams are a frequent occurrence in Yosemite Valley during the busy summer months, with cars inching toward parking spots, campgrounds and trailheads. The Yosemite Bike Share offers a way to help reduce the number of cars on the roads — and a way for visitors to get around while the park shuttle isn’t operating due to the coronavirus pandemic: two-wheeled, people-powered transit!

The Yosemite Bike Share launched in 2018 as a Conservancy-funded pilot designed to help people get around the Valley in the summer without having to get in their cars. Instead of relying on vehicles for quick errands, such as picking up supplies in Yosemite Village, bike-share users can use a mobile app to unlock a bicycle, cruise on flat paths, and avoid crowded roads and parking areas. Over the past two years, the bike-share team has worked to evaluate and improve the program, by gathering user feedback, upgrading the mobile app, and refining bike pickup and drop-off locations.

How your support helps: Your gifts will fund an innovative approach to addressing traffic congestion in Yosemite Valley by providing a fun, environmentally friendly alternative to driving. With your support, the Yosemite Bike Share team will be able to keep the bicycles in good condition, provide a wireless hotspot to improve app functionality, and continue to assess and hone the program.

Want to try the bike share on your next summer visit? Download the Yosemite Bike Share app for iOs or Android, then look for the dockless bicycles at two locations: the day-use parking area near Yosemite Village, and between the Valley Visitor Center and Wilderness Center. Don’t forget to put on the helmet that comes with your bike (or bring your own)! As an extra safety step during the pandemic, the Bike Share team is ensuring the bikes and helmets are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between users.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park.

Ansley Singer

Management Analyst, Yosemite National Park

Project Notes

"This project will address vehicle congestion issues within Yosemite Valley. It will not solve the problem, but it will provide additional options to visitors aside from using their vehicles to travel short distances. As more people choose non-vehicle travel modes, congestion will decrease and make for a more enjoyable visitor experience."