Vancouver’s new public bike share program will be called Mobi, and launches this summer with 1,500 bikes spread across 150 locations throughout the city.
The new service will initially serve the downtown peninsula between Arbutus and Main Streets up to 16th Avenue.
Each box will feature a waterproof control box located on the handlebars. Members will be able to simply tap their card to unlock a bike. Casual riders will be assigned a PIN to enter on the keypad to unlock the bike. Each bike will also come with an helmet at no extra cost.
The City is welcoming early adopters to purchase discounted one-year memberships currently on sale for $99 or $129 depending on the plan cyclists choose. The early-bird pricing is available from now to June 30, and will rise to $180 and $240 in July.
By the end of 2016, the city plans to add an additional 500 bikes and 50 stations.
CycleHop, which runs similar bike share programs in Ottawa,Beverly Hills, and Tampa has been contracted to operate the service after the city’s initial supplier, Bixi, filed for bankruptcy.
Mobi will be among the largest smart-bike share program in North America, and cost taxpayers $5 million over 5 years.
Image via Vancouver Bike Share