We’re getting our first look at how the rainy season will impact use of Vancouver’s bike share system.
Between October and November, Vancouver only saw seven days without rain.
Mobi General Manger Mia Kohout says with that deluge came a dip in bike share usage, down to slightly less than one ride per bike per day.
“We maybe had double, and on very good days in the summer about triple that, so we definitely did see a decrease in ridership in the very rainy months.”
Kohout says the data still shows Vancouverites aren’t afraid to cycle in the rain.
“I think what’s really interesting and unique about Vancouver rain is that even though it rains every day, sometimes its only raining in the morning, so you may have taken a train or taken a bus to work, but then you have the opportunity to ride home if it stops raining.”
She says the numbers stack up favourably to other cities; Seattle’s Pronto bike share for example averages one ride a day year round, meanwhile cities like New York manage more than four trips per day.
“Even on the very snowy day earlier this week we still had over 200 rides. That was Monday, the snow day. So I do expect ridership to be a little bit less in the winter, and then will definitely pick up again.”