Just two weeks into the soft launch of the City of Vancouver’s new bike-share program, and some rental shops say they’re seeing regular customers switch over.
At least one is thinking of slashing prices.
Fabio Meisami of Yes Cycle Bicycle says he’s willing to drop prices to keep locals during the off-season.
“We may adjust our prices, after September we need local people.”
“We are going to take action September 15, at least for now, I think that way.”
Meanwhile Paul Dragan, owner of Reckless Bike Stores, says it’s too early to tell how much business his shop will lose.
“I’ve see one or two customers, who rented from me before, are now using a Mobi bike share.”
Dragan says he’s not too worried, his shop offers more, like being able to choose the bike’s size, and being able to outfit families with trailers and children’s bicycles.
“Riding a bike-share bike is okay. They only come in one size, one colour, one shape… and people don’t come like that, so it’s not necessarily the bike for everybody.”
The city launches its pay-as-you-go service next week.