Richmond now has its own public bike share program.
Currently serving areas within the city centre and Steveston, U-bicycle has 75 bikes and 15 locations for riders to park their bikes. The company is Western Canada’s largest dockless bike share program.
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The service was launched on October 12th and city officials hoping it connects the entire Richmond community.
How The Service Works
Users must park and get their bikes from designated parking locations. However, U-bicycle doesn’t operate with specific bike docks and users will have to lock them up at a designated “drop zone”.
The bike share program is currently app based and is available on both iOS and Android. To ride a U-Bicycle, you must first pay a $50 refundable deposit, then top up a balance. You can take as many rides as you wish as long as there is enough balance.
The system will start charging once the bike is unlocked and it will stop charging once the bike is locked. The rate for riding is $1 per 30 minutes (please note that rides less than 30 minutes will be charged $1 as a ride of 30 minutes).
Their green bikes can be located and used by scanning the QR code using the app.
Are you a big biking enthusiast? Users also have the option of getting a 24-hour pass for $15.75 or an annual pass for $157.50.
All bicycles come equipped with a functional basket, headlight, helmet, water bottle holder, bell, durable foam tires and a built-in smart lock. Likewise, solar-powered technology operates a GPS locator for both users and operators to locate the bikes at anytime.
To find out more about the bike service, visit their website here.
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