July 22, 2016

Vancouver Mayor’s “radical pro-cycling agenda” fulfilled with bike share launch BUT who benefits and who pays?

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

Vancouver finally unveiled its long anticipated bike sharing program, in the works for over seven years. The radical pro-cycling agenda of the Mayor and Vision Vancouver was not going to be deterred even if similar programs in other cities have failed.

Despite hiring a 3rd party private business Mobi to implement and run the program, the city will still be funding it to the tune of $5M of taxpayer money for the first five years.

The much maligned project hit a major roadblock in 2012 when the first company they chose, Bixi, and their contracted supplier, Alta, ran into problems. In 2014 the program lost $1.5M in Montreal and the city eventually had to take over costing taxpayers even more.

And Montreal isn't the only example of a failed bike sharing program in a major city.

Watch as I share what I learned upon my investigation into the successes, or should I say failures, of bike share programs in other cities.

I know Vancouver is different and we have many people living in our downtown core but if there any consistent evidence out there about bike sharing programs, its that they end up costing the taxpayer far more than we were promised and in conclusion, it looks like people in Vancouver may be stuck with a bill rather than a bike.

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commented 2016-07-23 02:52:12 -0400
Silly commie, the people who live downtown and ride bikes more than likely have one of their own, i highly doubt you will convert a large of people without one who prefer to drive. Of course socialists never use rational thought when they waste money.
commented 2016-07-22 22:26:11 -0400
You would think this far left Liberal Mayor would at least phone the Seattle Mayor to see if it works. Robertson would be advised to stay away from the scheme, therefore saving the taxpayer big money.
commented 2016-07-22 18:39:59 -0400
I can’t stand to even read the article. Will somebody please give his honour Mayor Gregor Robertson a kick in the slats. What’s with this name Gregor? Why can’t it be Gregory or Greg? This guy is a product of Tides Canada and guess where they get their money from? He is an NDP guy.

These fucking communists like Robertson think bicycles are the answer to global warming/climate change and are willing to spend a bundle even if nobody is using their hair brained scheme. Robertson should set the example and sell his car and walk/bicycle his way around town. If he has to go on a trip to wherever he can take a hot air balloon on the jet stream or maybe walk. That should wipe the smile off his commie mug.
commented 2016-07-22 18:22:35 -0400
CHRISTOPHER , this will be an amusing one to watch as you keep us apprised