On the eve of the early-bird launch for Vancouver’s long awaited bike share program, local rental shops say they have major concerns.
Brian Vetter owns Spokes Bicycle Rentals at West Georgia on the corner of Denman Street, and worries he’ll lose 20-40 per cent of his business as a result of the program.
Vetter says despite city assurances, he feels like his business is being attacked.
“So their price structure is that if they sell membership for a day, and they set their stations up in and around Stanley Park and along the seawall where the tourists are, that they’re definitely going after tourists, which is what they said they weren’t doing in the first place.”
He says the industry asked the city for three key things, and feels like like they were ignored.
“Having them set back at least three blocks from the local rental shops, not competing on price, and not selling the one day “tourist attacker” membership … It’s not an even playing field.”
However, the city says pricing will be designed to deflect tourists, and that share-stations will be at least 50 meters from rental shops.
But Vetter says he’d like to see passes sold for a minimum of three days.
Specific locations for the bike share program were in part determined by city residents who completed a survey earlier this year.
More details on the new program are expected tomorrow.
See map below for current bike share locations spotted throughout Vancouver. This publicly edited map was created and shared via Twitter by David Hirtle, please click to link directly to the interactive map.
See below for a listing of prominent bike rental shops within the same area as current and proposed bike share locations. This data has been added to the above map for comparison.