In an effort to make bike-sharing more affordable for locals, the City of Vancouver has launched a pilot program that will grant discounted year-long Mobi passes to select residents.
Offered through a partnership with Vancity, the Vancity Community Pass will give eligible commuters the chance to enjoy unlimited 60-minute rides using Mobi, the city’s bike-sharing service, over a one-year period for only $20. The pass, which is advertised as the “365 Day Plus” package on the Mobi website, is regularly priced at $159.
Those eligible to participate in the pilot program include holders of the City of Vancouver’s Leisure Access Pass, which provides low-income residents access to basic recreation services at Park Board sites, and holders of red Compass cards, which are reserved for low-income seniors and recipients of disability assistance.
People may also be referred to the Vancity Community Pass through community partners.
“This new program will provide another option for people who are looking for affordable, active and sustainable ways to get around our city,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson in a news release.
The pilot program will be reviewed throughout the year and come to an end in spring 2019. If it proves successful, the city will incorporate it as a permanent part of Mobi.
Furthering its objective of making bike-sharing more accessible, the City of Vancouver has also reduced the minimum-age requirement of Mobi users from 16 years old to 12 years old.
In addition, Mobi docking stations have been installed in the Commercial Drive area, expanding the service to East Vancouver. About 500 bikes are expected to be distributed in the Grandview-Woodland, Kensington–Cedar Cottage, Downtown Eastside, Mount Pleasant, and Strathcona neighbourhoods this year.