TransLink to examine public bikes
Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2007
METRO VANCOUVER - TransLink will investigate setting up a public bike rental system in Metro Vancouver by 2010, following the lead of cities in France, Quebec and the U.S.
The motion, put forward by TransLink board member and Vancouver city councillor Peter Ladner last week, could see public bicycles placed in areas like downtown Vancouver and New Westminster.
Ladner said he's particularly impressed by the model used in Lyon, where vehicle traffic has dropped by four per cent and bicycle use has tripled since the program began in May 2005. For a nominal registration fee, Lyon residents are able to use the bikes free for a half hour, after which they are charged for their use.
After reading about the success of that program and a similar one in Paris, Ladner decided it would be a good fit for Metro Vancouver. "We're trying to add transportation choice and reduce greenhouse gases," he said.
Similar projects are being explored in Montreal, Portland and Chicago.
© The Vancouver Sun 2007
Sounds like a great idea to me. I've seen similar systems in other cities but never tried them out. I think I would definitely make use of it if I was trying to get from one point in downtown to another in a hurry.