North Shore residents have a new option for getting around without emissions, as a two-year e-bike share pilot program is now underway.
Shared electric-vehicle company Lime launched an initial fleet of 200 e-bikes in the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, and the District of West Vancouver, as of July 26.
Riders use an app to find and rent three-speed bikes available at specific parking locations that were chosen in conjunction with city and district officials.
The integrated electric motors of the e-bikes will boost cyclists with extra pedal power as they commute across hilly terrain on the North Shore.
While there are non-electric bike share programs in Vancouver, this marks B.C.’s first electric bike share program.
The City of North Vancouver council endorsed its e-bike share policy in November, and the District of North Vancouver followed in February of this year, establishing the E-Bike Share Program that the District of West Vancouver joined in June.
"For too long we built cities for cars, and we’ve felt the impact as a result," City of North Vancouver Mayor Linda Buchanan stated in a news release. "That’s why I’m proud to see this e-bike share program, the first of its kind in B.C., launch here on the North Shore with all three municipalities. Through investments in our multimodal network, we are delivering enhanced transportation that is safe, efficient, and accessible for all people.”
The City of North Vancouver and District of North Vancouver chose Lime operator for the E-Bike Share Permit on May 17.
The San Francisco–based Lime, which offers scooters, mopeds, and e-bikes, has operated shared electric vehicle programs in over 175 cities, including Calgary, Seattle, and Ottawa.