Vancouver’s long-awaited public bike share program is finally ready to roll.
250 bikes at 23 stations across the city are available to founding members in phase one of the roll out.
“We see the Mobi system as being a great way to get people connected between different forms of transportation whether you are walking or taking transit, you can take a Mobi in between to get where you need to go. We expect this to be a great success in Vancouver and a great way to fill those gaps in our transportation network in Vancouver.”
At some point in the future bikes will be available for daily use at a cost of $7.50.
Earlier this year, the city signed a five-year agreement worth five million dollars with CycleHop Canada to operate the program.
Robertson says the city listened closely to concerns of bike rental shops, who fear they’ll see a big hit to the bottom line.
The industry says it asked the city to keep bike share stations at least three blocks from local rental shops, not to sell one-day passes, and not to compete on prices, but with the $7.50/day rate that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.
But Robertson insists the program is sensitive to the industry’s fears.
“We definitely heard the concerns of bike rental shops and have been committed to making sure there are no bike share stations within 50 meters of those bike rental shops. The whole purpose of the pricing system is for short-term use.”
Phase one is being rolled out for annual members only.
— Shelby Thom (@ShelbyThom980) July 20, 2016