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Vancouver's bike share program closer to reality; docking stations being set up

Last Updated Jul 8, 2016 at 11:23 am PDT

A Mobi bike share docking station being set up in Vancouver's West End (John Streit, NEWS 1130 Photo)

More than two dozen Vancouver bike share docking stations set up around the city

About 1,100 people have already signed up for Mobi

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – We are getting closer to an official launch of Mobi, Vancouver’s long-awaited bike sharing program.

So far, about 25 docking stations have been installed around the city.

Scott Edwards with the City of Vancouver says there’s been a lot of interest in the program, and a lot of people have signed up.

“It’s approximately 1,100 at this point, which has been growing every single day. The operator, I believe, has a goal of 5,000 by the end of the summer or later this year.”

Edwards says once everything is rolled out, Mobi will include a network of 1,500 bikes at 150 docking stations.

“[The stations] will cover the area throughout the downtown, the central Broadway [area]… roughly from Main Street to Arbutus — and to the south, approximately 16th.”

Membership prices range from $99 and $129. Users will then use something similar to the Compass Card to unlock and return a bike and helmet to a station.

While there is still no official launch date, the program is expected to be fully functional by the end of summer at the latest.