Comment 130628

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted June 03, 2020 at 10:05:37

Another point is that SoBi primarily serves adults age 15 to 65 (some older and younger residents use the service, but this is clearly the primary demographic for bike share).

About 68% of the City of Hamilton's population of 520k, or 354k, is in this age group according to statistics Canada. This suggests that about 8% of the demographic is a member of bike share, despite it being based in just wards 1-4! This is extremely good performance for a relatively small system with only 900 bikes.

Or, based on just the 68% of the 142k population of wards 1-4, a whopping 28% of the target demographic are members!

(Note that residents not living in the service area are also members, and are heavy users of bike share at locations like Bayfront Park and the Beach strip.)

By any measure, bike share is extremely popular and successful in Hamilton.

It would be great if it could be extended to other parts of the city, but that would take a major investment (and Councillor support). So far, the support and investment have not been forthcoming.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2020-06-03 10:08:11

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