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City acknowledges bike-share recycling

April 22, 2019 -

The City is aware our bike-share partner Dropbike is in the process of recycling older models of their bikes. We understand the concern about the images circulating on social media of the Dropbikes being recycled this weekend, and we assure residents Dropbike prides themselves on being an environmentally friendly bike-sharing company that does not waste, and only recycles outdated hardware when it is absolutely necessary.

The City would have preferred to see Dropbike find a re-use option for some of the older generation bikes. We will be working with Dropbike in 2019 and beyond to assist in locating additional re-use opportunities in the future.

Please note the bikes in the images are first generation models, dating from the 2017 pilot project. The specialized components on the bikes are not able to be easily repurposed on newer models or to other bikes. These bikes require maintenance for non-standard parts and are not suitable for personal usage. While these bikes are safe, they have outdated hardware features that no longer meet the safety, quality and telecommunication standards of Dropbike.

Following the 2017 pilot program the City, public consultation identified a desire for an improved bicycle (more durable, lighter, larger wheels, multiple gears, etc.) for a full scale community bike share program. Dropbike proposed a new bike design to meet this specification and uses the improved model within other cities where they operate. We are excited to welcome Dropbike back to Kingston in early May with a fleet of high quality, safe and sustainable bikes.