Victoria goes green with new bikeshare service

Wireless technology and carbon belt system make U-bicycle a more environmentally friendly option

Cycling around Victoria is about to get a whole lot easier.

U-bicycle will distribute 200 bikes across the city Sept. 30, equipped with GPS and self-activating locks. The stationless bikesharing service means no fixed bicycle racks and no restrictions about where to dock your bike when you’re done riding. With U-bicycle’s mobile app, cyclists can easily find a bike, unlock it and get cruising. The 3-speed bikes come with helmets and a carbon belt drive system, so no more hassling with greasy chains.

“Victorians have been waiting for this type of bikeshare for some time,” Mayor Lisa Helps said. “U-bicycle is a welcoming addition to Victoria’s sustainable mobility options.”

Victoria will add another 150 bikes over the following month, bringing the total fleet to 350. A 30-minute ride on the lightweight, aluminum frames will run you $1. U-bicycle will soft-launch at the Livable Cities Forum 2017 Monday morning at the Victoria Convention Centre. The team will demo the app technology and the bikes will be onsite for trial rides.

The Chinese company has chosen Victoria for its first North American location, with plans to expand across the country.

kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Snow day? Saanich Peninsula schools will let you know of closures

Snow might stick overnight; no news from SD63 means schools are open

Sidney’s Desiree Young at her first BC Winter Games

Wheelchair basketball player has been on the court for about a year

Victoria cannabis advocates call proposed trust fund an ‘overreach’

BCICA says North Saanich councillor’s ideas on cannabis ‘cherry picking’

Victoria airport to spend $19.4m on terminal expansion

Record passenger growth means YYJ needs to grow

Snow cancels, alters transit routes across Greater Victoria

Buses will not be stopping on steep hills, says BC Transit

VIDEO: Top 10 B.C. budget highlights

The NDP is focusing on childcare, affordable housing and speeding up the elimination of MSP premiums

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Team USA beats Canada 3-2 on the shootout to take home Olympic gold

Americans win their first gold medal since 1998

Two Haida men detained for crossing U.S.-Canada border

Edenshaw and Frisby travelled from Alaska to Prince Rupert for the All Native Basketball Tournament

Alberta takes out full-page ads in B.C. over strained relationship

It’s the latest move between the two provinces over progress on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

B.C. teacher suspended over allegedly using N-word in worksheets

Trafalgar Elementary teacher under investigation by Vancouver School Board

Toddler swept away in Ontario floods

Toddler missing as flooding forces thousands from their homes in Ontario

Inside the Olympic performance of the Island’s Teal Harle

Islander finishes fifth in Olympic Men’s Slopestyle final in Pyeong Chang

BC BUDGET: New money helps seniors’ care shortage

Job stability for care aides key to recruitment, union leader says

Most Read