Shareable bikes may be coming to Vancouver after all.
The city is currently seeking a new partner to launch its long-anticipated bike share scheme. An initial plan, approved in 2013, called for $6 million to be spent to implement a network of 1,500 rental bikes throughout the city. But multiple delays have plagued the initiative.
Most recently, the company that was to provide the city with bikes went bankrupt. Bixi Bikes filed for bankruptcy protection in 2014 and was subsequently bailed out – to the tune of tens of millions of dollars – by the city of Montreal. As a result, Bixi’s partner for the Vancouver launch – a Portland company called Alta Bicycle Share – was unable to get the program rolling in the city.
In the wake of the debacle, Alta has changed its name to Motivate and now manages successful bike-share programs in Toronto, New York and Melbourne. Vancouver, however, is still bike-less – but maybe not for long. Continue reading:
Bike Sharing Still Coming to Vancouver … Maybe