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Bike share pilot

The City of Calgary is interested in testing the viability of dockless, free-standing, bicycle share through a two-year pilot. Set to run until 2020, the pilot will allow The City to explore new ways of providing flexible, affordable and accessible mobility options.

For the pilot, The City will allow permitted operators up to a set limit of bicycles, to access the street network, parks and pathways through a permit to operate within The City of Calgary. Throughout the process, feedback will be gathered through customer surveys.

Application Process

Phase one:

Applications for phase one of the pilot opened on Friday, August 31 and closed on Friday, October 12, 2018.

Phase two:

The application period for phase two of the pilot will open in spring of 2019. Phase two of the pilot is schedule to begin June 1, 2019.

Phase two of the pilot will require a re-application for existing permitted operators.

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Application form

Phase one: Framework for Dockless Bike Share Pilot

Have questions about applying for the dockless Bike Share Pilot? Please email bikeshare@calgary.ca.


Timeline

Phase One application period: September 4 - October 12, 2018 at 23:59 MDT
Phase One: September 2018 - May 31, 2019
Update to Council: Q4 2019
Phase Two application period: Opens spring 2019
Phase Two: June 1, 2019 - October 31, 2020
Update to Council: Q4 2020
 

About the pilot

The City of Calgary issued the first of two operating permits for phase one of the Dockless Bike Share Pilot to Lime.

Calgarians can expect to see shared bike services on streets and pathways starting fall 2018.

Phase One

Lime will have a fleet of 375 electric pedal assist bicycles and will identify a service area within Calgary, where bicycles will be available for rent to citizens.

Bicycles will initially be placed along what are anticipated to be high utilization corridors along Stephen Avenue, Eau Claire, the river pathway system, along 17th avenue south, in Mission, Bridgeland, Kensington and Inglewood. Moving forward, placement will occur as usership dictates.

More information about the operator's terms and services can be found on Lime's website.


Bike sharing in Calgary

Public bike share was originally identified in The City of Calgary Cycling Strategy approved in 2011. Action C-11 of the Cycling Strategy is to "implement a public bike share system in the Centre City". A public bike share system would act as an extension of the public transportation system and serves as a new mobility option for residents and visitors to our city. In 2012, Calgary's City Council gave the direction that bike share in The City of Calgary be owned and operated by a third party. Council also indicated that no public money be used for the financing of bike share stations or bike share bicycles. In July 2018, City Council confirmed a two-year bike share pilot to be initiated.

The pilot will allow The City to permit private industry with the appropriate approvals required to explore new ways of providing flexible, affordable, and accessible mobility options. It will also help assess whether these new options help achieve The City's stated mobility goals in the Calgary Transportation Plan and Cycling Strategy. The goal of bike share, and potential other shared devices, is to increase mobility options for residents and visitors alike.

Anticipated city-wide benefits include:

  • Reducing the number of private vehicles and congestion on roadways
  • Facilitate transit trips by solving the first/last mile problem
  • Save time on short trips
  • Reduce the cost of transportation to Calgarians
  • Reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses (GHG) that are released into the air by motor vehicles
  • Improve people's physical health by being more physically active

Frequently Asked Questions

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