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Bike share pilot

Application Process

The City of Calgary is formally requesting applicants who have previous experience designing, building, operating, maintaining, managing and marketing modern Bike Share systems in other jurisdictions to apply to participate in our Pilot.

The City has extended the application period for Phase One of the pilot.

Interested applicants are asked to fill out and submit the Framework for Dockless Bike Share Pilot form no later than Friday, October 12, 2018 at 23:59 Mountain Daylight Time.

The application period for Phase Two of the Pilot is planned to begin in spring of 2019 to coincide with the start of Phase two, which is scheduled to begin June 1, 2019. Phase Two of the Pilot will require a re-application for existing Permit Holders.

Applicants who are granted a permit in Phase One are not guaranteed a permit in Phase Two of the Pilot.

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Application form

Those interested in applying for a permit in Phase One of the pilot should download and fill in the Framework for Dockless Bike Share Pilot.

Timeline

Application Deadline is October 12, 2018 at 23:59 MDT
Phase One - October 2018 until May 31, 2019
Update to Council - Q4 2019
Phase Two - Scheduled to begin June 1, 2019 - October 31, 2020
Update to Council - Q4 2020

Bike sharing in Calgary

The City of Calgary is interested in testing the viability of dockless, free-standing, bicycle share through a two-year Pilot. For the Pilot, The City will allow Permit Holders, 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.

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 an​d 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 affirmed 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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Bike Share FAQ

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