Public bike share is rolling into the city, and just in time for summer.
The city of Vancouver has partnered with CycleHop, as announced earlier this year, to bring 1,000 bicycles and 100 stations to the bike-friendly city as part of its initial launch. By the end of the summer, an additional 500 bikers and 50 stations will be added.
Where can bike sharing be found?
The Downtown Peninsula, bounded by Arbutus St., 16th Ave. and Main St. has been chosen as the region to sprinkle with bike share stations. But, according to Engineering Services GM Jerry Dobrovolny, exactly where they fit is being left up to the public.
“Now we’re talking about which side of the street, which corner would make a good location. Which storefront, what are the destinations people are going where they’d like to be able to grab a bike.”
Vancouver to lead the way in smart transportation
Vancouver’s bike share system will be the largest smart bike fleet in North America, using key fob technology to sign bikes in and out.
Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a press release that giving cyclists a choice during the final steps of the project is crucial for it to run smoothly.
“This is a great opportunity for people to have their say for where bikes are most needed for short trips and to help us fill the gaps in our existing network.”
People can visit vancouverbikeshare.ca to make their suggestion, or by using the City’s VanConnect app. Any business or property owners who wish to make a request can also email CycleHop at email@example.com.