The City and Vancouver Bike Share Inc. today unveiled the much-anticipated bike share program that is set for the city this summer.
The program, which is called Mobi (pronounced moe-bee), will feature a total of 1,500 bikes at 150 stations across Vancouver. Set to be available by the end of summer the initial service area will include the Downtown Peninsula, bounded by Arbutus Street, 16th Avenue and Main Street.
“At its most literal, Mobi stands for ‘more bikes’,” Jerry Dobrovolny, general manager, engineering services for the City said in a release. “But the spirit of Mobi reflects mobility, motion and momentum – everything that makes cycling in Vancouver an exhilarating experience.”
“Our tagline, ‘bikes we share’, really reflects the community-based nature of the program,” adds Mia Kohout, general manager at Vancouver Bike Share Inc. (a subsidiary of CycleHop), the firm contracted by the City to operate the program. “It’s about sharing bikes, sharing the space, and sharing our City,” she adds.
Vancouverites can now sign up for the service with founding memberships on sale for $99 or $129 for one year, depending on which plan you choose. For $99 Mobi members can enjoy ‘Standard’ membership which offers unlimited 30 minute rides for a year, and unlimited hour-long rides if they choose the ‘Plus’ package priced at $129. Founding members will also receive a special founding member key, a helmet discount to redeem at your local bike store, an invite to the launch party, and first access to the bikes.
Vancouver’s Mobi bikes are “Smart Bikes” that can be activated and unlocked from a docking station through an interface on the bike, or through a payment kiosk. Helmets will be available on bikes at no additional cost and the bikes will be available for use 24/7.
“Vancouver already tops North America for active transportation. Adding Mobi bike share to the mix will help further extend the reach of walking and transit trips, and change the way people get around Vancouver,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Mobi will be a great addition to our active transportation network, giving Vancouverites and visitors safe, convenient, and fun mobility to get around the City.”
Preparations are currently being finalized for the bike sharing service’s launch this summer, including identifying the best locations for public bike share stations.