Mobi On Over! Photos From Vancouver’s Public Bike Share Launch Event

The new system officially launched this morning to much excitement.

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Mayor Gregor Robertson cuts the ribbon on Vancouver bike share with his front tire.

As the sun burst through the clouds on what felt like the first summer morning of an unseasonably rainy July, a group of around 30 city staff members and bike advocates gathered at the edge of the bike path, excitedly adjusting their seats and getting comfortable on the city’s brand new Mobi Bikes
. After a few years of false starts, Vancouver’s public bike share officially launched this morning with a commemorative ride along a section of the Seaside Greenway, the city’s 17 mile (28 km) waterfront biking and walking path.

With bike riding mayor Gregor Robertson at the lead, the group pedalled past the sailboats and glass skyscrapers of False Creek to break through the banner, officially welcoming Mobi Bikes to the streets of Vancouver.

Scroll down to check out photos of this morning’s event. We couldn’t be more excited to see public bike share finally hit the streets of our home city!

Photos by David Niddrie

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City staff members bring up the rear.

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Many of the Mobi stations have bi-directional docking.

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Vancouver city manager Sadhu Johnston shows the next generation of Mobi riders the ropes.

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Bike share – sure to make you smile!

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Mayor Gregor talks to the press.

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Checking out the station map.

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Mobi uses CycleHop’s smart bike system – all of the exchange with the user takes place in a computer on the actual bike rather than at a station hub.

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Vancouver Bike Share general manager Mia Kohout answers press questions.

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Taking Mobi for a spin!

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A few members of the Vancouver Bike Share launch team, with general manager Mia Kohout in red and CycleHop CEO Josh Squire at the far right, pose with the mayor.

1 Comment

  • Cindy

    I highly recommend AVOIDING Mobi bike share. When visiting Vancouver, I used their services through their website. My family wanted to see Stanley Park in it’s entirety and that meant finding a bike to ride instead of doing the long walk.
    We selected the 24 hour plan for $9.75 a bike. I was charged $115.50 canadian dollars of overage fee’s on my bill for three bikes that we used for about 4 hours around the park, because Mobi does NOT tell you how to NOT incur these charges.
    I called their office to ask about my bill and they were very pleasant and let me know that they would get back to me in 5-10 business days. I just called again today, and they denied my refund but did not reach out to tell me or bother to let me know why. This leads me to believe that is how they try to make their money.
    They are extremely shady. I have reported them to the consumer protection agency in Vancouver. Good idea but bad company.

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