The City, St. Lawrence College and Queen’s University are seeking resident and student input to help develop a Bike Share System in Kingston. A Bike Share System offers members access to bicycles parked at stations in high use areas around town for short trips.
A 15-question Your Opinion survey will accept submissions until October 29.
“Cycling is an efficient, active and environmentally-friendly way to get around Kingston. A Bike Share system is an important piece of the City’s overall transportation system,” says Cherie Mills, Manager of Policy Planning. “The input we receive through this survey will help us better understand the wants and needs of cyclists and potential cyclists in Kingston.”
The survey asks residents questions about how they move around the City, how often they think they would use a Bike Share system, where they would like to see Bike Share stations and how much they would be willing to pay annually to use the proposed service.
Bike Share Systems provide low cost transportation to users and offer an active and sustainable alternative to driving, helping to reduce traffic congestion, noise, and air pollution. Bike Sharing is an extension of the public transit network giving transit users more options at both the start and end of their trips.
“There is strong evidence to guide KFL&A Public Health in effective approaches to increasing physical activity. Active modes of transportation such as cycling are the most practical and sustainable way to increase daily physical activity. A bike share in Kingston would increase access to cycling and support residents in becoming more active in their daily routines,” says Stephanie Sciberras, Physical Activity Specialist with KFL&A Public Health.
Bike Share memberships would be open to everyone for a small fee. This fee will be determined with the help of the survey. The memberships would entitle riders to unlimited free use of the bicycles for short periods.
Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal all have Bike Share systems allowing members 30 minutes use of a bike free-of-charge. Small, increasing fees are charged for use of a bicycle beyond 30 minutes. This structure of charges encourages riders to use the system for short trips to allow for higher turnover and greater usage of the limited number of bicycles.
Media contact information: Cindie Ashton Communications Officer 613-546-4291 ext. 3116, cell 613-329-3462. The City of Kingston media hotline is 613-546-4291 ext. 2300.