Mobi bikes coming to Vancouver's Commercial Drive and other neighbourhoods east of Main Street

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      The city's bike-share program is expanding to the East Side.

      Starting next month, 50 new Mobi docking stations will begin to be installed in Granvdview-Woodland (including outside Commercial-Broadway Station), Kensington-Cedar Cottage, the Downtown Eastside, Mount Pleasant, and Strathcona 

      About 500 bikes will be distributed through these areas.

      "Over the last year and a half, it has been remarkable to watch the growth of Vancouver's public bike share system, and it's great to be able to expand it further into East Vancouver," Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a news release. "Since July 2016, we've seen more than 650,000 trips covering over two million kilometres across our city on Mobi by Shaw Go bikes."

      In 2015, Vancouver achieved its Greenest City Action goal of having 50 percent of all trips by walking, cycling, and transit. This came five years ahead of schedule.

      To date, Mobi stations only exist in the downtown peninsula and in the areas bounded by Main and Arbutus streets and 16th Avenue.

      According to the city, Mobi bikes have travelled more than two million kilometres since the program was launched last year.

      It costs $9.75 to rent the bikes for 24-hour periods, with rides restricted to 30 minutes. Those who keep a bike on the road for 40 minutes with a 24-hour pass pay an extra $5 and those who don't return it until 65 minutes have are dinged an extra $10.

      A 90-day pass cost $75 for unlimited 30-minute rides and a standard 365-day pass costs $129 for unlimited 30-minute rides. Overage fees also apply for these passholders.

      Those who want unlimited 60-minute rides must pay $159 per year.