Vancouver's new bike share program - Mobi (pronounced moe-bee) hit the streets today, with those holding founding memberships getting the first access to try out the new system.
Another way to access our active transportation network
"Fifty per cent of trips in Vancouver are made by walking, cycling or transit and Mobi will fill the gaps in our active transportation network making it even easier to get between transit stops or navigate the downtown core," says Mayor Gregor Robertson. "This spring, Vancouver saw record breaking cycling numbers with 10% of Vancouverites commuting to work on their bikes. Mobi will be another way for residents and visitors to access our active transportation network for commuting, short haul trips, or simply exploring the city."
"Our founding members have been really excited to get out there and try the bikes," says Mia Kohout, general manager at Vancouver Bike Share Inc. (a subsidiary of CycleHop), the firm contracted by us to operate the program.
"This is a soft launch, with bikes available only to founding members for now, giving us a bit of a test period so that we can work out any kinks before opening up the system more widely," Kohout adds. "We are planning a full launch to the general public within the next couple of weeks."
More than 250 bikes are available at 23 stations as of today, with more stations and more bikes to be added, week by week, until the end of the summer when 150 stations and 1,500 bikes will be available for use. Not all stations that have been installed will be live initially; more will come online in the coming weeks.
The geographic service area includes the Downtown Peninsula, bounded by Arbutus Street, 16th Avenue, and Main Street.
Get a membership
The Mobi website is also live now for desktop and mobile devices at mobibikes.ca . A smartphone app will be available soon.
Members can activate their account and find available bike share stations on a map on the website. Founding memberships for one year, with deep discounts, can also be purchased until July 31.
Easy and convenient bike sharing
"For people who already own a bike, Mobi is going to be a great addition for those short, one-way trips," says Kohout. "For people who haven't been on a bicycle in a while, this will be a fun and easy way to rediscover cycling and their city," she adds.
Vancouver's Mobi bikes are "Smart Bikes" and can be activated and unlocked from a docking station through an interface on the bike, making them an easy and convenient option for short trips. Helmets will be available on bikes at no additional cost.
Public bike share is a priority
Public bike share is one of our priority actions included in the Greenest City Action Plan, and also supports our Transportation 2040 goal to make cycling safe, convenient, comfortable, and fun for people of all ages and abilities.