Chris and Melissa Bruntlett write in VanCityBuzz about Vancouver’s upcoming bike-share system.  And the many tasks and events that are a part of the roll-out. Including public reaction, and publicity like this, I’d say.  There’s a consistent message:

This summer, Vancouver will join the ranks of over 800 cities around the world that have provided the gateway to utility cycling; and with that, an inevitable shift in our emerging bike culture, to one that is slower, simpler, and more civilized.

Things started with February’s official announcement by the City of Vancouver of an advanced technology system, which will eventually comprise 1500 bikes at 150 docking stations:

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There’s been a naming competition, now closed (please, not “Bikey McBikeface”). No date yet on the winning name’s announcement.

Currently, Mia Kohout (General Manager of Vancouver’s bike-share system) and her team are encouraging the public to suggest docking station locations.

“When selecting station locations, think about how you might incorporate bike share in your life,” suggests Kohout, “And where you might need one. Are you racing between meetings? Heading out for dinner? Travelling to the beach? Or to school?”

After all, bike share, in its simplest form, is a natural extension of our transportation system, and part of its success will rely on it being a pragmatic, accessible option.

At the same time, anyone who wants to demonstrate their business’ interest in active transportation can join up as a bike-share sponsor.  Hello Telus, Lululemon?

Sponsorship of Vancouver Bike Share also enables companies to demonstrate an authentic commitment to our communities through active lifestyle, healthy alternatives, reduced traffic congestion, improved air quality, and environmental sustainability – while taking a high profile leadership role in support of City of Vancouver’s “Greenest City Action Plan”.

Those, like me, who want to keep up with the roll-out can join the mailing list, which also provides an opportunity to become a “Founding Member” in May.

It’s a great change for Vancouver, in my opinion, that will provide us all with another option for travelling through it.

Says Mia Kohout:

When bike share launches, people can expect to find them near transit stops, employment centres, and other major destinations – places that compliment the existing transit network with a healthy, low-cost solution to the “last mile” problem.

One thing is for certain, regardless of the name or station locations for our upcoming bike share, this summer is sure to be an exciting one. “This system is being built for you,” suggest Kohout. “Please engage yourself with this process whenever possible, because together we can transform our community and our city for the better.”

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