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July 19, 2017, 10:27 am

Vancouver Celebrates One Year of Public Bike Sharing

City of Vancouver

VANCOUVER – One year ago on July 20th, the City of Vancouver launched the city’s first public bike share program in partnership with Vancouver Bike Share: Mobi by Shaw Go.

Over one million kilometers travelled
In its inaugural year, Mobi saw exceptional uptake by residents of Vancouver, with over 6,400 people becoming members of the bike share.

In the past year, they have travelled over one million kilometers using public bikes, making a big contribution towards encouraging more people to cycle. 

“With over 400,000 rides covering a million kilometers in its first year, Mobi is a tremendous success and has quickly become a valuable part of Vancouver’s active transportation network,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Over half of trips in Vancouver are made by walking, cycling and transit – Mobi has helped fill gaps by making it even easier to navigate the city with short trips or between transit stops. Thank you to the 6,400 local founding members who helped boost Mobi’s success and transform how residents and visitors alike get around Vancouver.”

Great ways to use Mobi
Launched last summer, Mobi is great for:

  • Zipping to meetings
  • Heading out for lunch
  • Running a quick errand
  • Simply going out to enjoy the fresh air.

Mobi continues to expand and grow – its busiest day was on Canada Day with almost 4,000 trips and its busiest month was in June with over 72,000 trips.

“In just one year we have seen a big uptake in membership and ridership. We are so pleased by our members who have shared their stories about how Mobi has changed the way they get around Vancouver” says Mia Kohout, General Member of Vancouver Bike Share. “Mobi is easy, fun, and convenient. It is so exciting to see happy and smiling faces on Mobi bikes around the City.”

Mobi by the numbers

  • 400,000+: total rides since July 20 (where a bike was taken from one station and returned to another), with an average of 2,500-3,000 trips per day
  • 3,915 trips: Busiest day (July 1, 2017) 
  • 72,602 trips: Busiest month (June 2017)
  • 1.14+ million km to date
  • 19 minutes: Average trip duration
  • ~3km: Average trip distance 

A timeline of Public Bike Share in Vancouver

  • October 31, 2012: Council approves the Transportation 2040 Plan, which highlights public bike share as an area of focus
  • February 23, 2016: City of Vancouver announces bike share partner, CycleHop Canada
  • April 8, 2016: Public bike share program invites public to suggest station locations
  • May 20, 2016: Public bike share gets its name: Mobi, bikes we share; founding memberships are launched
  • July 20, 2016: Mobi launched to founding members
  • August 18, 2016: Mobi launched to the general public, reaches 700 trips a day
  • September 27, 2016: Mobi launches its free app
  • October 28, 2016: Mobi reaches 100,000 rides
  • December 6, 2016: Shaw Go sponsorship announced, Mobi becomes Mobi by Shaw Go
  • May 3, 2017: Vancity signs on for a one-year partnership as the Education and Safety Community Sponsor of Mobi by Shaw Go 
  • May 2017: Corporate Memberships launched
  • June 2, 2017: Mobi by Shaw Go arrives in Stanley Park
  • July 1, 2017: Mobi by Shaw go hits a record 3,915  trips in one day

Founding members are encouraged to renew their membership online.

Find a map with live stations and number of bikes and open docks available at each station, plus more details on pricing, on the Mobi website.

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