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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 phase two of the Dockless Bike Share Pilot.

The application period for phase two of the pilot will open on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

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.


About the Dockless Bike Share Pilot

Phase One

Phase One of the pilot started in September 2018 and runs until May 31, 2019. We issued operating permits for phase one of the pilot to Lime

Learn more about Lime's terms and services.

Current bike share operators

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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


Bike Share FAQ

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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​. 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 will launch 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.


Application form

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

Tell us what you think!

We want to hear about your experience with the Dockless Bike Share Pilot. Have you used bike share? Why or why not? What motivates you to use the program? What could be improved on?

Your feedback will be used to help inform future improvements to pilot program and ultimately, help determine if shared mobility services, such as bike share, will be implemented permanently.

Provide feedback​​​​​​​


Phase One: October 30, 2018 until May 31, 2019
Phase Two application period: Begins May 7, 2019
Phase Two: Begins June 1, 2019 - October 31, 2020
Report back to Council: Q4 2020

Phase One operators

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