Hamilton's SoBi bikes on the road

News Jun 30, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton’s bike share program is off and pedalling.

The city and the non-profit Hamilton Bike Share announced June 30 that people who have a membership to the popular program can now log into their account online at www.hamiltonbikeshare.ca or use the Social Bicycles’ app and select a payment plan.

“Our Sobis are good to go,” said Ward 2 Coun. Jason Farr on Twitter.

New riders can also sign up on both the website and on the app.

Hamilton Bike Share officials said that they will continue to offer pay-as-you-go (at a cost of 15 cents per minute) plans and a monthly fee (at $20). It also has created a new Seasonal Supporter six-month plan for $100.

Hamilton Bike Share says there will still be a $1 for out-of-hub convenience fee and parking at the hubs will be free.

“We look forward to seeing the fleet of iconic blue bicycles back on our streets,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger in a statement.

The bike share program will continue to operate from Ottawa Street to Dundas with over 800 bikes and 130 hubs. The city owns the bikes and the stations while Hamilton Bike Share will operate the program for six months until the city finds a third-party operator.

The program has about 26,000 members, including 600 people who signed up since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

Hamilton councillors in early June reversed a previous decision to oppose spending $400,000 to keep the bike share program running. The funding was to come from the wards 1 to 3 area rating reserves.

Community groups managed to raise nearly $200,000, and the Patrick J. MacNally Charitable Foundation contributed $100,000. A GoFundMe page by Hamilton Bike Share raised over $64,000, while IBI Group donated $20,000. Other corporate donations came from LiUNA, the Royal Connaught, Effort Trust, Roxborough Park Developments and Urban Solutions.

The city was forced to keep the bike share program rolling after Uber, which owns SoBi, informed the city it was terminating its contract with the city June 1. Uber had agreed to a two-year contract that was scheduled to expire February 2021.

In a May 31 letter sent to council and the mayor, two directors of Hamilton Bike Share Inc. stated it could operate the service until February 2021.

Transportation Planning Director Brian Hollingworth said during a June public works meeting that city staff were recharging the bikes’ batteries and turning on their computer was nearly completed.

“All the legal aspects are good to go,” he said.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Hamilton Bike Share will be routinely sanitizing touch surfaces when bikes are serviced. Riders are encouraged to wash or sanitize hands before and after using the bikes.

Hamilton Bike Share program starts rolling again

News Jun 30, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton’s bike share program is off and pedalling.

The city and the non-profit Hamilton Bike Share announced June 30 that people who have a membership to the popular program can now log into their account online at www.hamiltonbikeshare.ca or use the Social Bicycles’ app and select a payment plan.

“Our Sobis are good to go,” said Ward 2 Coun. Jason Farr on Twitter.

New riders can also sign up on both the website and on the app.

Hamilton Bike Share officials said that they will continue to offer pay-as-you-go (at a cost of 15 cents per minute) plans and a monthly fee (at $20). It also has created a new Seasonal Supporter six-month plan for $100.

Hamilton Bike Share says there will still be a $1 for out-of-hub convenience fee and parking at the hubs will be free.

“We look forward to seeing the fleet of iconic blue bicycles back on our streets,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger in a statement.

The bike share program will continue to operate from Ottawa Street to Dundas with over 800 bikes and 130 hubs. The city owns the bikes and the stations while Hamilton Bike Share will operate the program for six months until the city finds a third-party operator.

The program has about 26,000 members, including 600 people who signed up since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

Hamilton councillors in early June reversed a previous decision to oppose spending $400,000 to keep the bike share program running. The funding was to come from the wards 1 to 3 area rating reserves.

Community groups managed to raise nearly $200,000, and the Patrick J. MacNally Charitable Foundation contributed $100,000. A GoFundMe page by Hamilton Bike Share raised over $64,000, while IBI Group donated $20,000. Other corporate donations came from LiUNA, the Royal Connaught, Effort Trust, Roxborough Park Developments and Urban Solutions.

The city was forced to keep the bike share program rolling after Uber, which owns SoBi, informed the city it was terminating its contract with the city June 1. Uber had agreed to a two-year contract that was scheduled to expire February 2021.

In a May 31 letter sent to council and the mayor, two directors of Hamilton Bike Share Inc. stated it could operate the service until February 2021.

Transportation Planning Director Brian Hollingworth said during a June public works meeting that city staff were recharging the bikes’ batteries and turning on their computer was nearly completed.

“All the legal aspects are good to go,” he said.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Hamilton Bike Share will be routinely sanitizing touch surfaces when bikes are serviced. Riders are encouraged to wash or sanitize hands before and after using the bikes.

Hamilton Bike Share program starts rolling again

News Jun 30, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton’s bike share program is off and pedalling.

The city and the non-profit Hamilton Bike Share announced June 30 that people who have a membership to the popular program can now log into their account online at www.hamiltonbikeshare.ca or use the Social Bicycles’ app and select a payment plan.

“Our Sobis are good to go,” said Ward 2 Coun. Jason Farr on Twitter.

New riders can also sign up on both the website and on the app.

Hamilton Bike Share officials said that they will continue to offer pay-as-you-go (at a cost of 15 cents per minute) plans and a monthly fee (at $20). It also has created a new Seasonal Supporter six-month plan for $100.

Hamilton Bike Share says there will still be a $1 for out-of-hub convenience fee and parking at the hubs will be free.

“We look forward to seeing the fleet of iconic blue bicycles back on our streets,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger in a statement.

The bike share program will continue to operate from Ottawa Street to Dundas with over 800 bikes and 130 hubs. The city owns the bikes and the stations while Hamilton Bike Share will operate the program for six months until the city finds a third-party operator.

The program has about 26,000 members, including 600 people who signed up since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

Hamilton councillors in early June reversed a previous decision to oppose spending $400,000 to keep the bike share program running. The funding was to come from the wards 1 to 3 area rating reserves.

Community groups managed to raise nearly $200,000, and the Patrick J. MacNally Charitable Foundation contributed $100,000. A GoFundMe page by Hamilton Bike Share raised over $64,000, while IBI Group donated $20,000. Other corporate donations came from LiUNA, the Royal Connaught, Effort Trust, Roxborough Park Developments and Urban Solutions.

The city was forced to keep the bike share program rolling after Uber, which owns SoBi, informed the city it was terminating its contract with the city June 1. Uber had agreed to a two-year contract that was scheduled to expire February 2021.

In a May 31 letter sent to council and the mayor, two directors of Hamilton Bike Share Inc. stated it could operate the service until February 2021.

Transportation Planning Director Brian Hollingworth said during a June public works meeting that city staff were recharging the bikes’ batteries and turning on their computer was nearly completed.

“All the legal aspects are good to go,” he said.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Hamilton Bike Share will be routinely sanitizing touch surfaces when bikes are serviced. Riders are encouraged to wash or sanitize hands before and after using the bikes.