Kingston city council has approved a city-wide bike-share program with Dropbike Inc., which had a successful pilot program in the central part of the city last year.
The city-wide program will expand on last year’s pilot program with more bikes at more locations and installed docks at pick-up/drop-off areas “to improve bike storage and organization”. Unlike the pilot program, bikes will be improved to include three-speeds and come with cable locks.
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Cost to use a Dropbike is just $1 per hour. The orange Dropbike bikes will begin appearing around the city beginning July 1.
“The bike-share pilot program was very successful in 2017, with more than 6,000 rides taken, proving Kingston’s interest in using more active transportation options,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson in a release. “We are pleased to partner with Dropbike Inc. again to deliver an expanded bike-share program in 2018 that will see more bikes at more locations across the city.”
To start a ride, users simply download the app at dropbike.ca to unlock the bike closest to them, then checks it back in at one of many designated locations when the ride is done.
The City states that council has authorized a three-year commitment to Dropbike to operate a full-scale bike sharing system beginning this summer.
Photo: Dropbike video screencap (Youtube)