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City issues RFP for bike-share program

February 13, 2018 -

The City has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the supply and operation of a Kingston community bike-sharing system. This call for proposals comes after a successful bike-share pilot program in 2017.

"During the pilot of the bike-share program more than 6,000 rides were taken proving that Kingston has a healthy interest in this kind of service," says Paul MacLatchy, environment director.

Bike-share systems allow residents and visitors to pick up a bike from a designated area and ride to another designated area for a small fee. Last year's pilot program charged $1 an hour for use of a bike and designated pick-up/drop-off areas in the core of the city.

The City is now seeking private sector vendors to run a city-wide bike share system within Kingston that will provide access to quality bikes at affordable rates. City hopes to have the new bike-share system started by Spring of 2018.

The RFP, released on February 8, closes Wednesday, March 21 at 3 p.m.

For more details on the RFP please visit, www.biddingo.com/kingston.

On June 20, 2017 city council approved a community bike-sharing pilot program and licensed Toronto-based Dropbike Inc. to run it. The pilot program was launched Canada Day weekend and ran until the end of November 2017 in the University District and downtown areas of the City.

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