Bicycle sharing pilot program to launch Monday in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge - The Record
A new bicycle-sharing pilot program described as smart, dockless and on-demand is finally set to launch Monday in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge.
The program including more than 100 orange-and-white Dropbikes was supposed to begin last year. But Matthew Lumsden, manager of operations and strategic initiatives with Drop Mobility, the company that operates the transportation service in numerous North American markets, said finalizing details such as stakeholder involvement and hub locations took more time than expected.
The company also redesigned the Dropbike, which has evolved from earlier models.
“They were solid, good bikes, but they didn’t meet the standards that we uphold for ourselves, and so we were in the process of actually sourcing and designing and building new bicycles, which took place the better part of last year,” said Lumsden.
“That was the biggest factor as to why we delayed until this year," he said. "We wanted to make sure we could deliver a sound product that we could be proud of and would work the best for people in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo.”