Public Bike Share System Coming to Vancouver!
April 13, 2016
When the official public bike share announcement came out of City Hall in February, those of us who had been waiting patiently for it's arrival were thrilled. This summer, Vancouver will join the ranks of over 800 cities around the world that have provided the gateway to utility cycling; and with that, an inevitable shift in our emerging bike culture, to one that is slower, simpler, and more civilized.
Last week, Modacity had the privilege of taking the prototype Vancouver Bike Share bicycle for a spin around our fair city, and participate in a promotional photo shoot. They didn’t get far before being stopped by strangers and asked excited questions such as, “Is it really here now?” or “When will it start?” And while the official launch date is still to be confirmed, everyone is eagerly anticipating the arrival of the bike share program.
The newly appointed Vancouver Bike Share General Manager, Mia Kohout, will lead the team responsible for the day-to-day operation of the system, and she is eager to get the citizens of Vancouver involved in the planning and implementation process.
“Ultimately, we want to provide the best user experience possible, and garner a lot of excitement and support for bike share leading up to its launch,” says Kohout. “It’s really important that we include and engage with the public whenever possible. We cannot do that without the support of residents and businesses of Vancouver.”
When bike share launches, people can expect to find them near transit stops, employment centres, and other major destinations – places that compliment the existing transit network with a healthy, low-cost solution to the “last mile” problem.
One thing is for certain, regardless of the name or station locations for the upcoming bike share, this summer is sure to be an exciting one. “This system is being built for you,” suggest Kohout. “Please engage yourself with this process whenever possible, because together we can transform our community and our city for the better.”