Vancouver Gets Its Wheels

Vancouver has apparently overcome the obstacle that's prevented the city from hopping on the 'urban trend of the century'. When the city's bike-share system begins operation this fall it will feature 'the continent’s first helmet-dispensing system'.
July 19, 2013, 11am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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"The city that prides itself on its cycling culture is finally set to hop onto the saddle of the biggest urban trend of the century: a public bike-share system," writes Frances Bula. "Vancouver has finalized an agreement for Alta Bicycle Share Inc. in Portland, Ore., to roll out a first stage of the system in the fall, using Montreal’s Bixi bikes, with a $6-million contribution from the city. It will have 1,500 bikes and 125 stations in operation by the spring."

"Alta will also install the continent’s first helmet-dispensing system to address the province’s helmet laws, which have been a hurdle for the past three years. Only two other cities – Sydney and Melbourne in Australia – are known to require helmets for bike-share users."

"The news has prompted excitement from the city’s avid cycling community, and some wariness from those who fear financial problems or a negative impact on local bike-rental companies."

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Published on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in The Globe and Mail
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