Project Scope and Update

Project Scope and Update (August 2019)

The City of London is completing a business case to determine the feasibility of bringing bike share to London. The business case will assist with decision-making on whether or not a bike share system makes sense for London.

A consulting team comprised of IBI Group (Hamilton office) and Four Square ITP (based in Rockville, Maryland) are working with City staff to determine the feasibility of bike share. These consultants specialize in bike share systems and active transportation.

The project scope includes these four main areas:

  • Review existing bike share systems in operation in North America.
  • Conduct a market analysis of existing cycling use and potential uptake of a bike share system in London.
  • Seek input from the public.
  • Provide a high level summary implementation plan (including factors such as recommended service area(s), type of system, and criteria for siting bikes).

City staff is submitting the report, Bike Share System for London: Update and Next Steps, to inform the business case to Municipal Council for their review and direction in August, 2019. The staff report includes the Bike Share Companion Report at right. To read the full staff report to Committee and Council, visit the August 12th Civic Works Committee meeting agenda (item 2.5).

The project scope does not include the review of electric kick scooter sharing services because they are not allowed on Ontario roads or London multi-use pathways.


What is Bike Share?

Bike share is a transportation service where bicycles are available at a cost for shared use to individuals on a short-term basis. These systems allow people to borrow a bike from one location and return it to another location. These systems can handle both “pay-as-you-go” one-time users as well as regular users with discounted membership fees.

Many bike share systems use “docks” that are special bike racks for locking the bike, and only release it by payment through a payment kiosk or by using a smart phone. The user returns the bike by placing it in a dock, which locks it in place.

Other systems are dockless, where bikes are picked up and returned to “havens”, or areas designated for the bikes. These havens may be designated bike racks or an area painted on the ground.

Hybrid systems use a combination of docks and designated areas for bike parking. These bikes have built-in locks.

For all major bike share services, smartphone mapping apps show nearby available bikes and open docks.

As of July 2019, there are over 2,000 bike share systems in the world, 20 of which are in Canadian communities.

Example Bike Shares in Other Cities

Supportive Documents

This project ties in to existing City plans (e.g., recommendations) and helps address the identified need to investigate bike share in London. These complementary plans were created with significant community input:

2016 Cycling Master Plan (p. 46)

The London Plan (p. 81, 193, 201, and 296)

Smart Moves 2030 Transportation Master Plan (p. 1-2)

2017 Downtown Parking Strategy (p. 41)

2015 Our Move Forward: London's Downtown Plan (p. 24)

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