Victoria goes green with new bikeshare service

Wireless technology and carbon belt system make U-bicycle a more environmentally friendly option

Cycling around Victoria is about to get a whole lot easier.

U-bicycle will distribute 200 bikes across the city Sept. 30, equipped with GPS and self-activating locks. The stationless bikesharing service means no fixed bicycle racks and no restrictions about where to dock your bike when you’re done riding. With U-bicycle’s mobile app, cyclists can easily find a bike, unlock it and get cruising. The 3-speed bikes come with helmets and a carbon belt drive system, so no more hassling with greasy chains.

“Victorians have been waiting for this type of bikeshare for some time,” Mayor Lisa Helps said. “U-bicycle is a welcoming addition to Victoria’s sustainable mobility options.”

Victoria will add another 150 bikes over the following month, bringing the total fleet to 350. A 30-minute ride on the lightweight, aluminum frames will run you $1. U-bicycle will soft-launch at the Livable Cities Forum 2017 Monday morning at the Victoria Convention Centre. The team will demo the app technology and the bikes will be onsite for trial rides.

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kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com