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Kelowna City offers a series of new rules for operators wishing to provide bi-riding in the city.
The new license program, which will be presented to the city council on Monday, comes on top of an annoying letter from DropBike earlier this week calling the regulatory framework proposed by the city is misleading.
DropBike ran what he agreed, and the city, which was a successful bike sharing pilot last summer as more than 35,000 trips were taken in just six months.
Now, after inspecting the “changing landscape” in the industry, the city is moving away from the probationary model to what it is. his call "license program" for sharing bikes.
Matt Worona, an active transport co-ordinator, compares the permit program with how the city deals with developers who want to close a pavement or lane, as there are certain rules that are in place; They must be followed, and expectations are identified.
"A license means we don't have to go to negotiate this long contract, but basically we say it's the rules, this is what we want you to do, and if you want, you can. apply for the license, "Worona said.
"There are rules as to where we expect bikes to be left at the end of their journey. There are rules as to what data we would like to see as a city, what data we think the public should receive & # 39 w integrated into apps mobility like Google Maps and Transit App. "
He said there were also elements of trying to get a service during the winter months, and also in terms of privacy and customer payment methods.
Worona says the city will also try to legalize electric bikes and electric scooters on city routes and streets.
E-cycles are not currently permitted on the park route system, whilst e-scooters are restricted from BC roads.
It says the city will be posting signs along "key park corridors" to allow the operation of e-bikes and e-scooters.
Worona adds that the city has had conversations with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure for an exemption through the Motor Vehicle Act.
If the new program is approved by the council, the city will begin to accept applications for licenses from companies wishing to provide a bike sharing service.
Worona says the city has had discussions with a number of companies, including Uber and Lyft providing cycle sharing services.