Vancouver’s Mobi Bike Share has been slowly rolling out across the city. It looks like they are a month behind their original mid-June launch date, but progress is being made. I’ve seen partial bike share stations installed under the Cambie Bridge (south-side) and near the Creekside Community Centre.
In the next few weeks, 100 stations will be distributed throughout Vancouver’s core. The initial service area is east of Arbutus, west of Main, and north of 16th including Stanley Park (green area below).
Update: Map of the initial stations is available here.
Here are the pricing options. First, you need to buy a membership (varying in length from 24 hours to 1 year). Most memberships come with free unlimited trips under 30 or 60 minutes. For longer trips, you pay an overage cost per half hour period. Currently, the only memberships for sale are the 1-year Founding Member ones.
|Membership||Length||Signup Cost||Free Trip||Overage Cost
(per half hour)
|Founder 1||1 year||$99||30 min||$2 (30-60 min)
$3 (>60 min)
|Founder Plus 1||1 year||$129||60 min||$3|
|Monthly Basic 2||1 month||$10||None||$2|
|Monthly Standard 2||1 month||$15||30 min||$2 (30-60 min)
$3 (>60 min)
|Monthly Plus 2||1 month||$20||60 min||$3|
|Day Pass||24 hours||$7.50||30 min||$3|
1 – Founder prices only until June 30 (will likely be extended)
2 – 3 month minimum for monthly plans
From what I’ve been told from Mobi staff, bikes must be returned to a bike share station to end your trip. Each bike comes with a cable lock that extends from the right handlebar to the fork that can be used if you want to make a quick stop without ending your rental. As an extra security measure, the handlebars can’t be turned when the bike is locked (like an immobilizer). Helmets will be provided with each bike (left on the cable lock).