April 26, 2014 6:38 pm

Vancouver’s bike share program faces more delays

A woman rides her bike past a blooming cherry blossom tree along the seawall in downtown Vancouver, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The City of Vancouver’s beleaguered bike share program has been delayed once again.

According to the city, the program, which will allow short-term use of shared bicycles, will roll out sometime next year, but an exact date hasn’t been set.

The idea was first proposed in 2011, but has run into a slew of problems. Most recently, the company set to run the program, Bixi, has been experiencing financial woes.

As part of the city’s Transportation 2040 plan and Greenest City 2020 action plan, the city says the public bike share system will add a convenient, and affordable way to cycle in Vancouver while reducing vehicle use and encouraging cycling.

Bikes and sanitized helmets will be located at automated docking stations throughout the city.

More than 500 cities around the world, such as Montreal, New York City, Boston, and Washington, DC, have started public bike shares.

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