Dropbike cancels bike-share program for 2020

Photo by Lucas Mulder.

Dropbike, a community bike-share program, has announced the cancellation of the 2020 season due to operational challenges caused by COVID-19.

This was to be the final year of Dropbike’s three-year licence agreement with the City of Kingston to provide community bike sharing services. 

“The loss of the community bike share is disappointing,” says Paul MacLatchy, the City’s Environment Director. “But we are living in unprecedented times and understand how the pandemic might impact the ability to operate this type of business. City staff will be working to determine options for bringing bike sharing back to Kingston in 2021.”

Under the terms of the licence agreement, Dropbike receives no payment from the City to run the bike sharing service, and there will be no financial impact to the City’s operating budget due to this announcement.

Read more Kingstonist coverage on the struggles Dropbike has had over the past few years:

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