Despite the windy and wet weather, it doesn’t look like the wheels have come off Vancouver’s bike share system.
Even last week’s series of storms didn’t keep people off the city’s Mobi bikes.
Despite the downpour, 800 riders checked out a Mobi bike last Thursday, more than one a day.
Nearly 500 rode on Saturday, the lowest amount of the week.
Jens von Bergmann, who tracks Mobi use, says locals are working them into daily life.
“People do shift usage with these bikes, maybe they take a bus, but if the option is riding a bike or walking, often they will just ride a bike. I mean, they will get wet for a short amount of time.”
Von Bergmann says when the fall weather clears up, each bike is being ridden about twice a day.
He’s been crunching the numbers since the summer and has also compared how Vancouver’s bike share program compares to those in other countries and cities worldwide.
In mid-August, Von Bergmann said local Mobi use is looking pretty steady.
“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.”
His interactive map as shown below can be found and fully utilized online where it’s updated live.
Von Bergmann says the most popular bike station is where Ontario Street meets the seawall and the least popular is outside city hall.