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Public bike share access in Vancouver expanding to Commercial Drive

Last Updated Jun 14, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT

Vancouver bike share station (Marcella Bernardo, NEWS 1130 photo)

Nearly one million bike share rides have been logged in Vancouver over the past two years

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – You no longer have to be at least 16 years old to access Vancouver’s public bike share service — the age restriction has now been lowered to 12.

Mayor Gregor Robertson says the two-year-old Mobi program is also expanding east to Commercial Drive which currently has no bike lanes.

“We do have our transportation staff looking at the possibility of making changes to Commercial Drive over time to make it a complete street,” he says. “It would be less travel lanes, but obviously making sure there’s still parking for the merchants along Commercial Drive.”

Robertson adds that over the last two years, nearly a million rides have been logged.

“We now have 150 stations with over 1,500 bikes. We’ve had 930-thousand rides since the program started and over 75-thousand users.”

He adds 25 more stations will be installed later this summer.

A public-private partnership with VanCity now includes a one-year pilot program offering up a $20 ‘Community Pass’ to 300 eligible riders.

Those passes are normally $159 a year.