News & Public Notices
2018 bike-share program cancelled due to weather, recall
November 16, 2018 –
Due to manufacturer's recall and an early winter storm, Kingston's bike-share program, run by Dropbike Inc., will not operate in 2018.
Dropbike's fleet of rentable bicycles was initially planned to launch in the summer of 2018, but a manufacturer's recall prevented the program from running. After that was resolved, Dropbike was prepared to launch a small fleet of bikes this week but was unable due to the early winter storm.
"While the City is disappointed that Dropbike was unable to provide service during 2018, the program will be fully ready to roll out in the spring of 2019," says Paul MacLatchy, the City's environment director. "We continue to see the value in the Dropbike program as it provides a community bike-sharing service that will support our active transportation and climate action goals at no cost to the City."
Both the City and Dropbike are committed to the bike-share program and will ensure it is fully implemented in early spring of 2019.
Following a successful and popular bike-share pilot program in 2017, city council approved the selection of Drop Mobility to provide a larger scale program in Kingston through 2021. The Dropbike bike-share program will provide more than 50 locations – or "havens" – where bikes may be rented for short-term use. The orange and white Dropbikes can be rented for a small fee through the use of Dropbike's mobile app and can be returned to any haven location.