Mo’ Bikes On The East Side

As previewed at the last GWAC meeting, we now have more details on the expansion of the MOBI bike sharing system to more of the East side.  The Vancouver Courier reports that:

“Fifteen new bike share stations have been installed in the Mount Pleasant and Commercial Drive area. It’s part of an overall expansion of the bike rental system into East Vancouver that will see another 35 stations in place by summer, for a total of about 50 new stations and 500 bikes being made available in that part of the city.”

In Grandview, the new stations are at:

  • Woodland and 10th
  • Commercial and 10th
  • Commercial and 8th
  • Grandview Hwy (near Commercial)
  • Commercial and 4th
  • Commercial and 2nd
  • Commercial and Grant
  • Commercial and Charles
  • Commercial and Napier

The Courier adds that two more stations will be installed in East Vancouver next week at these sites:

  • Commercial and Adanac (bike route)
  • Adanac and McLean (bike route)

The Mobi by Shaw Go service area now includes the Downtown Peninsula, roughly bounded by Victoria Drive, Arbutus Street, 16 Avenue, to the Burrard Inlet and into Stanley Park.  With the present expansion, they are clearly making sure they catch the influx of commuters at the ever-growing Broadway & Commercial transit nexus.

More importantly, I think it is a signal that this kind of integrated mobility system isn’t going away anytime soon, and will only get better as innovation and feedback drive the process forward.

9 Responses to Mo’ Bikes On The East Side

  1. labenge2013 says:

    Is it being economically viable and sustainable? Any reports from the City?

    • jakking says:

      Not being a bike man at all myself, I haven’t followed the economics of it in any detail. I am however generally supportive of smaller scale multi-modal integrated transportation systems.

      I wonder what the bottom line would be for a scooter (i.e. Vespa, etc) rental system. Perfect for old codgers like me who no longer have the puff for bicycles.

      • e-bikes (not scooters) is the next stage.

      • jakking says:

        I’ll wait for the Vespas.

      • Alex Greenfields says:

        I totally agree. E-bikes would have much greater uptake. I used to be a very avid cyclist, but I’ve come to believe that it’s not reasonable to expect a substantial portion of the population to commute by bicycle in a city with this many hills. …and when it rains 8 months of the year I wonder if bike sharing can ever really be relevant part of a multimodal transit system.

  2. Alex Greenfields says:

    Seems a little late considering how many cities are now rolling the vastly more convenient dockless bike sharing systems.

  3. Ferry seagull says:

    Mobi’s office and workshop are on Venables at 1383 near Clark.
    They should be watching the Mobi’s closely.

    But as noted above, the dockless system is the trend. And Bike Europe magazine is see large increases in e-bikes above conventional bikes “White Paper: E-Bike Trend Is Revolutionizing Cycling Sector” showing large increases in sales.

    Seattle has dumped the station system of Pronto and is going with dockless bikes. 3 systems Spin (Orange), LimeBike, and Ofo (Yellow) were set up in July 2017. Some have electric assist.
    See “Free-Floating Bike Share”

    Still the Mobi-system bikes are too expensive to use, are heavy and the boundaries of the zones too small. It is cheaper in the long run to buy one’s own cheap bike for the same yearly fee as Mobi charges.

    I am expecting the new council will write-off the $5 million and let in Dockless systems, washing their hands of the systems.

    Vespas, underpowered 50 cc’s though they are, are a better idea.
    Their motto “Not just a scooter, a way of life” « Chi Vespa mangia le mele! »

    • Alex Greenfields says:

      Interesting to hear that Seattle has dockless bikes with electric assist. Are you sure about that? How do they get charged?
      I had assumed that the argument in favour of keeping stationed systems is that the stations can provide the necessary charging functionality to support an eventual e-bike (or e-whatever) rollout.

      • Ferry seagull says:

        Electric assist is not really electric powered–you still have to pedal. They can be recharged by cycling, coasting etc by the bicycle itself.
        The operating company knows where the bikes are, and they are bringing batteries to the bikes when they gather them up and move them around.
        No idea if they all end up in one place as the earlier Pronto/Mobi bikes did.

        I will be surprised if we ever see empty bike “docks” on the Drive.
        I will bet that many bikes won’t ever be moved from the docking stations at all.
        Cyclists have their own bikes and destinations, which might not be where there are empty doc spaces for Mobis.
        Their own bikes are often clunkers, and anyway they have a secure place to secure them at work.

        You might read Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat on
        bad estimates for transportation structure in downtown, like Sunday’s “$12 million per mile for a bike lane? That should trigger a civic heart attack”

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