Mobi by Shaw Go is providing essential service workers with a temporary free membership for the use of their bike share service.
The Vancouver bike share operator announced today COVID-19 essential service employees can receive a free 90-day pass, providing them with an option to get to and from their place of work.
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Designated essential workers include those employed in healthcare facilities, public transit operations, and grocery stores. As well, individuals working in these fields who recently purchased a membership or have upcoming membership renewals can also access a free 90-day pass. Each free membership provides unlimited 30-minute trips.
Employers of essential services professionals are asked to email [email protected] to obtain enrollment information to distribute to their staff.
“While many people are working from home, we recognize there are still many employees who are critical to helping us fight this pandemic and serving the community at large,” said Mia Kohout, general manager of Mobi by Shaw Go, in a statement.
“As they continue to work and shop for their own essential goods and services we want to provide them with a safe, free commuting option.”
The company says it is practicing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures, as recommended by the provincial government.
As well, for those in the general public who are looking for alternative transportation options, Mobi is also offering a reduced price for their annual pass for both new and renewing riders. The new price of $99, down from $119, allows for unlimited 30-minute or 60-minute trips for a year.
Mobi’s service area spans all of the downtown Vancouver peninsula, and is framed by Commercial Drive to the east, 16th Avenue to the south, and Arbutus Street to the west. There are about 1,500 bikes and nearly 200 bike share stations within this area.
The company is contracted by the City of Vancouver to provide bike share services.
“Mobi by Shaw Go has seen continued growth over the years and continued use throughout this health emergency. Supporting transportation options for Vancouver residents is even more important now during this crisis,” said Lon LaClaire, the City of Vancouver’s general manager of engineering services.
“We are pleased to know that Mobi is working closely with Vancouver Coastal Health and BC Centre for Disease Control to ensure safe operations are maintained for their staff and the public.”