Comment 95304

By JustinJones (registered) - website | Posted November 29, 2013 at 12:09:32 in reply to Comment 95303

This is the kind of thing that can really get a city thinking about cycling infrastructure. In cities like Montreal and Paris, bike share systems really provided the impetus for the city to create even more cycling infrastructure to deal with the growing demand. This is such a great system that I fully expect a significant uptake, and growing calls for safe space for cyclists.

Of CRITICAL importance to this is to note that SoBi is assuming all legal and financial responsibility of operating the system for 5 full years. Some of my conversations with Councillors has led me to believe that they aren't clear on that fact, believing that the City will be responsible for paying the operating costs. Luckily this is completely false. If anything, this is an incredible value for the city - SoBi will be operating a local non-profit and will bring jobs into Hamilton in addition to the great benefits that Bike Share can bring. I for one, am super stoked about it, and think that the staff that put this together really deserve a hell of a kudos.

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