The City of Kingston reports being informed that Dropbike has cancelled its 2020 bike-share season in Kingston due to “operational challenges caused by COVID-19.”
The 2020 season was going to be the last year of its three-year licence agreement with the City to provide community bike sharing services.
“The loss of the community bike share is disappointing,” said Paul MacLatchy, the City’s Environment Director. “But we are living in unprecedented times and understand how the pandemic might impact the ability to operate this type of business. City staff will be working to determine options for bringing bike sharing back to Kingston in 2021.”
This decision will cause no financial impact to the City’s operating budget, according to a media release, as Dropbike receives no payment from the City to run its service under the terms of the licence agreement.
The City has learned that Dropbike will not be moving forward with a 2020 season in Kingston due to operational challenges caused by COVID-19. City staff will be working to determine options for bringing bike sharing back to #YGK in 2021. Learn more: https://t.co/6xyIpkyZfL pic.twitter.com/DqCYTW48bH
— City of Kingston – Municipal Government (@cityofkingston) July 23, 2020
Photo: Screencap – Dropbike video