Councillor George Affleck going to bat for “private rental sector” in next year’s public-bike-share plan
Coun. George Affleck recently told the Straight he walks more than he cycles, mainly due to his downtown Vancouver residence.
However, just because the first-term Non-Partisan Association councillor stopped hopping on his bike as much, don’t assume he isn’t looking out for cyclists—well, some cyclists, anyway.
In a notice of motion to be brought to the July 10 city-council meeting, Affleck is now pushing for council intervention to protect private bike-rental facilities from the imminent publicly subsidized Public Bike Share.
Affleck told the Straight that the intent of the motion “is that bike-share locations will not be sitting right in front, or anywhere near, and competing with the private guys”.
“So that’ s the intent,” Affleck said. “I want it written and voted on…. To give these guys some feeling that they’re not going to be put out of business. And they absolutely will be put out of business [if the bike-shares impinge].”
Affleck’s motion is below:
MOTION ON NOTICE
2. Protecting Commercial Bicycle Rentals
MOVER: Councillor George Affleck
1. A robust cycling infrastructure is a key component of the City of Vancouver transportation plan;
2. Many bicycle rental businesses operate in Vancouver, particularly in the Stanley Park area;
3. The taxpayer subsidized Public Bike Share (PBS) network will significantly detract from the viability of the private rental sector;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
A. THAT no Public Bike Share installations be placed near prominent tourist destinations specifically, but not limited to, Stanley Park, the Vancouver Convention Centre and English Bay.
B. THAT the Public Bike Shares be installed at transit hubs only.
C. THAT any Public Bike Share contract will require that no promotional memberships be offered at any time.