City of Vancouver Announces Spring Launch of Public Bike Share

February 23, 2016

The City of Vancouver announced today the June launch of the city's long-awaited public bike share system (PBS).

As part of a five-year agreement, Ottawa-based PBS operator CycleHop will provide 1,500 'smart bikes', complete with payment interface, locking technology and helmets, at 150 stations across Vancouver.

The spring launch will consist of 1,000 bikes as part of a first phase in a service area that will include downtown Vancouver, and portions of Kitsilano, False Creek and Mount Pleasant adjacent to the downtown peninsula. An additional 500 bikes and stations will follow in summer 2016.

Vancouver's PBS system will be available to users 24/7/365, and become the largest smart-bike system in North America. More information can be found on the City's website.

Through their continued commitment to public bike share over the past eight years - amid extensive but important legal and administrative negotiations, procurement delays, and vendor solvency issues - the City of Vancouver is now launching the system with increased cost-effectiveness and more convenient free floating bike docking options. 

Providing Vancouver residents and visitors access to a sustainable, affordable, healthy and convenient mode of travel for short trips within the city is yet another important step towards 2040 Greenest City goals.

HUB Cycling and our members congratulate the City of Vancouver for achieving this important milestone, and we look forward to supporting staff work on their educational and public outreach activities.