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Mobi, our public bike share system

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Vancouver’s public bike share system – Mobi by Shaw Go – launched summer 2016. 

With bicycles located across the network at secure, easy-to-use docking stations, Mobi by Shaw Go offers a convenient, comfortable, flexible, and affordable way to get around.

By fall 2017, Mobi by Shaw Go had 125 stations, over 1,200 bikes, and over 650,000 trips covering over 2 million kilometres.

Mobi is available by purchasing a 24-hour, 90 day, or 365 day pass . The rates are best suited for short rides, while those looking for longer rides will find better rates at local bike rental shops .

Mobi by Shaw Go is operated by Vancouver Bike Share Inc., a division of CycleHop Canada.

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What's happening

Mobi is expanding east to Commercial Drive 

The first stations east of Main St are planned for installation this spring. The expansion includes 500 new bikes and 50 new stations.

Stations will be installed throughout the spring and are expected to be completed in summer 2018. The expansion covers the area between Main St and Victoria Dr, East 16th Ave to the south, and the waterfront to the north. 

Goals of bike sharing

In addition to providing people with a healthy transportation option, public bike share systems can help:

  • Extend the reach of transit and walking trips
  • Reduce the need for personal vehicle trips
  • Encourage greater interest in cycling, and increase cycling ridership

A public bike share system aligns with our Transportation 2040 Plan and Greenest City Action Plan objectives of making cycling a viable, sustainable transportation option.

What to know as a rider

The  public bike share service area includes the downtown peninsula, bounded by Arbutus Street, 16th Avenue, and Victoria Drive.

This area suits a public bike share because of the high number of homes, offices, and businesses, and the potential for many short-distance bicycle trips.

Once fully implemented, 2,000 seven-speed, adult-sized bikes will be available at 200 solar-powered stations, spaced every two to three blocks on streets, sidewalks, plazas, parks, and private property within the service area.

Through surveys and ridership data we have learned that the biggest motivation to use Mobi is the ability to ride one-way or for just part of a trip. Most (69%) of Mobi users own one or multiple bikes already.

Other popular motivations to use Mobi are its ability to get you around more easily or faster than other types of transportation and that you don’t have to worry about your bike being stolen.

The most common request to improve Mobi is the addition of stations throughout the City.

Street space in Vancouver is limited. Space for one vehicle parking spot can accommodate about 6-8 bike parking spots.

With about 2.4 rides per bike per day during the summer of 2017, the street space allocated to Mobi can facilitate a large number of trips to members of the community. 

Because anyone riding a bicycle in BC must wear a helmet, helmets are available with bikes at no additional cost to you.

Mobi sanitizes and inspects used helmets for safety and wear before returning them to the bikes.

Creating the network

Stations can be located on public and private land, in parks, and on street right-of-way. We prioritize station sites with:

  • Safe access with maximum visibility, and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Connections to transit, and where applicable, visible from all rapid transit station entrances, express bus stops, and other transportation hubs
  • Located near protected bike lanes built for all ages and abilities. Download a cycling map
  • Close to commercial or shopping districts, residential neighbourhoods, parks, destinations and attractions, community facilities and amenities, large event venues, and educational institutions
  • Located every 200 to 300 metres, or approximately every 2-3 blocks, to serve 150 metre radius catchment areas and to maintain a minimum station density of 10 stations per square kilometre. This density is the industry standard. 

We size each bike share station based on expected demand. We take into consideration adjacent land uses, population, transit nodes, recreational destinations, and other trip generating sources. In areas of high demand, station density and station size will be increased to support increased ridership. 

As the expected third-party owner and operator of the PBS system, Vancouver Bike Share will:

  • Be responsible for capital and operating requirements
  • Secure the necessary funding to deliver the PBS system with corporate sponsorship revenues
  • Charge membership fees and user fees
  • Ensure the PBS system is safe and usable 

This business model is similar with PBS systems in many other North American cities.

To help the public bike share system succeed, the City will:

  • Provide a $5 million fee for the launch and operation of the PBS for five years 
  • Engage with and maintain an ongoing relationship with Vancouver Bike Share
  • Provide ongoing in-kind support, including some station sites 
  • Enable changes to appropriate regulations
  • Monitor system performance and progress on achieving transportation and sustainability goals

To accommodate PBS stations on the street, some metered parking spaces will be removed.

We heard the concerns of bike rental companies in consultation sessions and are working with Vancouver Bike Share to lessen the impact of the PBS system on these businesses. The table below outlines our strategies to meet the concerns.

Concerns we heard  How we will reduce the impact

PBS stations may be placed too close to a bike rental shop 

  • Consult with the bike rental shop during the station-permitting process
  • Avoid placing stations within 50 metres of the shop

PBS stations in and around Stanley Park may compete with nearby bike rental shops  

  • Target residents and commuters as public bike share users, not tourists
PBS may offer cheaper bike rental fees than bike rental shops
  • Consult with Vancouver Bike Share to set rental rates that encourage bike share users to use bike rental shops for rides over two hours

 

PBS users may not know about other options for renting bikes

  • Present bike rental options on Mobi website, mobile app, and wayfinding signs at PBS stations
  • Encourage bike rental shops and bike retailers to partner with Vancouver Bike Share to offer discounts on bike equipment and accessories to PBS users

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Read about the progress and developments with the Mobi initiative.

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Sponsor the bike share

Public bike share sponsorship opportunities are available.

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Contact the bike share project team

publicbikeshare
@vancouver.ca

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