The project will run from August to October 2022
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is partnering with the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA), operators of the Evo car share program, to launch a demonstration e-bike share program from August to October 2022. This will help assess the feasibility of implementing a future e-bike share program in Whistler.
The goal of the demonstration project is to generate new bike trips that replace car trips while supporting sustainable modes of transportation throughout Whistler and increased mobility options for everyone.
“Personal vehicles are Whistler’s largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions source,” said Mayor Jack Crompton. “Moving beyond car-based transport to active transportation options is a key opportunity to reduce GHG emissions and traffic congestion. By exploring opportunities for safe and well-maintained active transport infrastructure, we will better support recreational and commuter needs in Whistler.”
The bikes will be in stand-alone Evolve-branded bike racks throughout Whistler Village and local parks. Proposed locations include Whistler Olympic Plaza, Day Lot 4, Fitzsimmons Connector, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Meadow Park Sports Centre, Rainbow Park, Lost Lake Park and Alpha Lake Park.
The cost for using the e-bikes starts with a $1 unlocking fee. Users are then charged $0.35 per minute of use with overage fees if the bikes are used for more than 60 minutes in a single trip. The cost and ease of use for the e-bikes ensure it is a competitive option that users will consider when comparing to the cost and convenience of parking at key destinations.
The RMOW will use metrics and lessons learned from the demonstration project to inform the issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) to establish an ongoing permanent bike share system in Whistler. An RFP process will be initiated upon completion of the demonstration project, with the aim of implementation in summer 2023.
“BCAA and Evo are excited to partner with the RMOW to offer a way to commute around this beautiful community in more sustainable ways. We can’t wait to see our Evolve bikes around town and in parks and gain insights that we can all use for future e-bike programs,” said Leslie Sims, Director, Strategic Ventures, BCAA
For more information about the Evo e-bike share demonstration project, visit whistler.ca/GettingAroundWhistler.