After Velib in Paris and Bixi in Montréal, it’s Vancouver’s turn to be interested in a bicycle sharing system. With such a system, you pay a daily or yearly subscription and you can take a bike from one station and return it to another station on the other side of the city. Stations are distributed throughout the city so that you can go wherever you want. You pay the rental according to the time but the first 30 minutes are generally free.
In Vancouver, one obstacle to a bike share system is the helmet law, otherwise this is a means of transportation well suited to the city for many reasons:
I believe the city of Vancouver is up for implementing a public bike system but the financing has yet to be found.
Meanwhile, in Canada the Montreal Bixi is a success and Toronto plans to launch its bike sharing scheme sometime within 2011.