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Shared bikes may be stored in winter

Shared bikes could be rolling in Calgary with a proposal coming before council; however, they could be rolling back off the streets in the winter months.

As part of the city's broader cycling strategy, a report is coming forward to a city committee tomorrow, which will explore the feasibility of introducing a public bike share system to Calgary. The system, which the city said would cost $2.5 million to launch and $1.1 million annually to operate, would operate as a network of bikes placed in key areas of the city where people can pay to rent a bike for a certain period of time.

According to the report, Calgary's bike share system would be removed from the street to accommodate snow removal. Car-free commuter and owner of BikeBike, Sean Carter, said as it stands, cycling in the winter is difficult.

“If they wanted the bike share to operate all year-round, there would need to be a hand-in-hand real effort and money behind roads clearing roadways and bike lanes,” he said. “I think there's a real culture change that needs to happen.”

Ald. Brian Pincott said he thinks it makes sense to store the system during the colder months because many are scared of cycling in the winter. “We've got to get over this notion that winter is a barrier to cycling.”

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