I am a Vancouverite, born and raised in the city. I believe Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, as confirmed by recent livability reports. I also believe that Vancouver is populated by educated, eco-conscious and health conscious people who are committed to preserving this treasure for future generations. So, why […]
Vision Vancouver is moving forwards towards a Vancouver bike share program. But can a bike share program succeed in Vancouver if the program doesn’t get an exemption from the mandatory bike helmet law?
Melbourne Bike Share is one of the only three bike share programs in the world that requires users to wear bike helmets (the others being Brisbane, where the program is also failing, and Vancouver as of July 2016 – where it is still too soon to tell). Many people allege that the bike helmet law is causing the Melbourne Bike Share to fail. However, in our experience there is a lot more to it than that.
Brisbane’s bike share program, CityCycle, is not a success – and the law requiring that users wear helmets is just part of the problem. Brisbane’s bike share system is failing mainly because the system is designed so as to totally exclude tourists and casual cyclists.
I loved Montreal cycling because it feels so safe, thanks to the Montreal separated bike lanes. The thing I loved the most about Montreal cycling was the Bixi (bike taxi) system.