City Issues Bike-Share Program Request for Proposals

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A Request For Proposals (RFP) has been issued for the supply and operation of a Kingston community bike-sharing system, following last year’s successful pilot program.

Paul MacLatchy, environment director for the City, said in a release that over 6,000 rides were taken in that pilot program “proving that Kingston has a healthy interest in this kind of service”.

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Bike-share systems allow residents and visitors to pick up a bicycle from one designated area and ride it to another designated area for a small price.

2017’s pilot program charged users $1 an hour for use of a bike with designated pick-up and drop-off areas in the city’s core.

Private sector vendors are now being sought by the City to provide a city-wide bike share system that will provide access to quality bikes at affordable prices within Kingston. It is hoped this new bike-share system will be able to begin by Spring of 2018.

The RFP was issued on February 8 and closes Wednesday, March 21 at 3pm. More details can be found at

Photo: Ben Schumin (cc)