Park commissioner John Coupar follows lead of NPA councillor George Affleck on rental bikes
In a move eerily similar to his caucus colleague at city hall, Non-Partisan Association park commissioner John Coupar has a notice of motion ahead of the July 23 meeting at Beach Avenue with an aim to protect existing rental establishments from going out of business as the taxpayer-subsidized Public Bike Share kicks off.
Earlier this month, Coun. George Affleck did the same thing.
Coupar’s motion is below:
4. Protecting Commercial Bicycle Rentals
MOVER: Commissioner Coupar
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 are and these businesses improve access and enjoyment of Public Parks;
3. The taxypayer subsidized Public Bike Share (PBS) network will significantly detract from the viability of the private rental sector.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT no PBS installations be placed near prominent tourist destinations specifically, but limited to, Stanley Park, the Vancouver Convention Centre and English Bay;
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the PBS be installed at transit hubs only;
THEREFORE BE IT EVEN FURTHER RESOLVED THAT any PBS contract will require that no promotional memberships be offered at any time.