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Dockless Bike Share Pilot

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Transportation Bylaw Changes

BYLAW UPDATE

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​The new safe passing distance bylaw goes into effect September 1, 2019 as well as changes to transportation modes allowed on the downtown cycle tracks.

http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TP/Pages/Cycling/Cycling-Education-and-Safety/Transportation-bylaw-changes.aspx, See all the bylaw changes

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Project update – December 2019

You can now download the ​Shared e-Bike and e-Scooter Mid-Pilot Report online. You can also view the location data from the pilot on data.calgary.ca​.

The location data was collected from the shared electric bikes (shared e-bikes) to allow us to analyze the popular routes and the final destinations for people using these devices.

You can now view and download an anonymized version of the data and maps on The City’s Open Data Portal.

Viewing this information provides an opportunity for businesses in the downtown area to find out if and how people are accessing their area using a shared e-bike.

The data may be freely used for any purpose, under the Open Government License – City of Calgary Terms of Use. By providing public access to transportation data, we are promoting transparency in government and providing better services to citizens.

Public engagement update

Participants had an opportunity to provide input in person about the shared mobility pilot at engagement events and online from Sept. 23 to Oct. 6, 2019. Thank you to those who provided input. You can now read the  Preliminary: What We Heard Report or view the engagement page​Participants feedback has been used to help inform future improvements to the pilot.

 

About The Dockless Bike Share Pilot

The City of Calgary is interested in testing the viability of dockless, free-standing, bicycle share through a two-year pilot. For the pilot, we 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.

Application Process

The City of Calgary is 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 the Dockless Bike Share Pilot.

Framework for Dockless Bike Share Permit - Phase 2

All applications will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. Phase two of the pilot will require a re-application for existing permitted operators. Is this true?

 

The Dockless Bike Share Pilot

Since the start of the pilot we issued operating permits for the pilot to Lime.

Learn more about Lime's terms and services.

Current bike share operators

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Lime 500 electric pedal assist bicycles Lime

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.

Benefits of bike sharing programs:

  • Reducing the number of private vehicles and congestion on roadways
  • Filling in the gap for the vital first/last kilometer by encouraging people to cycle
  • Save time on short trips
  • Providing access to various transportation options
  • Improve people's physical health by being more physically active

Frequently Asked Questions

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Bike share is a service in which bicycles are made available for individuals to rent on a short-term basis. These bicycles are provided for a fee, and may operate in a docked (stationed) or dockless system. The bike share pilot in Calgary will operate on a dockless system, meaning bicycles will not be required to be returned to a kiosk or docking station.

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Similar to car share technology, the dockless bike share will be GPS-enabled and can be rented using each company's smartphone app. A bicycle can be parked in an acceptable public space, making sure it is not impeding pedestrian traffic. It is then available for the next customer, who will be able to locate it and begin the rental using an application on their phone.

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The cost of renting a bicycle is set by the permitted operator. More information about rental rates for Phase One can be found on Lime's website.

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Each permitted operator will have a service area within Calgary, where bicycles will be available for rent to citizens and visitors. All companies are required to have an app to help customers locate bicycles and to identify locations where parking is permitted.

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October 2018. The number of bicycles available is subject to change throughout the pilot. For more information on fleet sizes, please visit Lime's website​.

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Permitted operators are responsible for parking issues, maintenance and the removal and relocation of bicycles. If your concern is related to the number of bicycles parked in one location, an improperly parked bicycle, or damage to a bicycle, please contact Lime at 1-888-546-3345 or by emailing support@limebike.com​. Contact information can also be found on each bicycle.

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For concerns about the Dockless Bike Share Pilot or a specific permitted operator, please contact 311.

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While The City will provide oversight, the pilot will be fully funded and operated by each bike share company (permitted operator). Any cost incurred by The City throughout the pilot, will be recovered by permit fees paid by the permitted operators.

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The pilot program launched in the end of summer 2018 and will run for two years, starting late September 2018 and concluding October 31, 2020. At the end of the two-year pilot program, The City will evaluate the impact and value of a dockless bike share system in Calgary.​​

Operators


Application form

Those interested in applying for a permit to operate in the Dockless Bike Share Pilot should download the Framework for Dockless Bike Share Pilot – Phase Two application form and submit to bikeshare@calgary.ca.

Timeline

Phase One: October 30, 2018 until May 31, 2019
We are now in Phase Two 
Begins June 1, 2019 - October 31, 2020
Report back to Council: Q4 2020
 
 

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