We’re getting a first look at just how much Vancouverites are using the new “Mobi” bike share system.
Jens Von Bergmann with Mountain Math Software has been crunching the numbers and says each Mobi bike is getting about three rides a day.
He says that stacks up well to other cities.
“Seattle, their bikes are getting on average less than one ride a day. Boston and D.C., they’re getting three to five rides a day, so that’s considered pretty good for North American standards. Taipei in Taiwan, they get about 11.5 a day. That, I don’t think in North America is matched in any way.”
Von Bergmann says the most popular bike station is where Ontario Street meets the seawall and the least popular is outside city hall.
He says we’ll have to wait and see how the numbers change as the system adds more bike share stations, many of which have not been activated yet, and Mobi rolls out its full suite of passes for riders.
Von Bergmann says he’s only working with four days of data so far, but plans to build on it as he keeps his interactive map live indefinitely.
Last month, the city launched the long awaited system to “founding members” who bought longer-term passes.
A wider selection of passes are now available, including a “monthly basic pass” that allows riders to pay-per-trip.