Drop Mobility partners with the Region of Waterloo and Cities of Kitchener, Cambridge, and Waterloo to launch a new bike share program
Waterloo, ON. | May 10, 2019 — Drop Mobility (previously Dropbike), Canada’s leading micromobility company, will be launching a bike-share program across the Region of Waterloo on May 13th in partnership with the Region of Waterloo and the Cities of Cambridge, Waterloo, and Kitchener.
Commencing Monday, smart bikes with the latest technology will be deployed for residents and tourists to use across each of the tri-cities. This program will start with a few hundred bikes in certain locations — residents are encouraged to download the Drop Mobility app from the App Store to learn more about where the Drop Mobility fleet will be available for use.
Using the Drop Mobility smartphone app with GPS technology, a user will be able to locate a bike near them and unlock the bike with ease. Priced with affordability in mind, riders will be able to ride the bike anywhere within the service zone across the Region. When finished riding, the rider can park and lock the bike to any designated bike rack or demarcated bike ‘hub’, using an attached cable lock mechanism. Riders will be educated on the trip process when signing up for the Drop Mobility app.
Drop Mobility has worked with partners to integrate the system with active transportation and transit innovations taking place in the Waterloo region. This will aide the region as it works to provide solutions to the last-mile challenge facing cities.
“Since our founding, we have been dedicated to creating operating models and hardware that solve a real transportation need for all residents of the communities we serve. We’re delighted to be working with the Region of Waterloo and the tri-cities given their commitment to the transportation needs of their citizens. Through this partnership, we will deliver a truly seamless, integrated and sustainable micromobility service,” said Qiming Weng, CEO of Drop Mobility.
“I welcome Drop Mobility to our community”, said Mayor Dave Jaworsky, City of Waterloo. “The more opportunities we have to offer easy-to-use, sustainable transportation options to our community members, the better the quality of life for all who reside here.”
“I’m excited by the launch of the Dropbike pilot in our region and the opportunities this creates,” said Cambridge Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “This will allow people to more easily move around our community, encourage more active transportation, and provide another option for people to enjoy the trail network running throughout Cambridge, and Waterloo Region.”
“We at the Region of Waterloo and Grand River Transit see the Dropbike pilot as a great opportunity to increase access to, and participation in, active transportation”, said Peter Zinck, Director of Transit Services. “Bike share can also improve access to transit by offering another option for residents to get to and from transit stops. GRT has worked with Dropbike to identify potential stations near transit stops and facilities to provide a seamless user experience.”
“I’m excited to support the launch of Drop Mobility in our community”, said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanvoic. “We’ve seen time and again that people will choose active transportation when they have practical options to do so, and this type of service offers convenient connections between workplaces, shopping centres, gathering places, ION LRT stops and more.”
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Drop Mobility is a leading shared electric micromobility solutions provider for cities across North America. Drop operates a micromobility platform truly integrated into city transportation infrastructure, while providing highly reliable systems that entail not just quality hardware, but also attention to detail in software, operations and user experience. Users can find Drop Mobility vehicles on the Drop Mobility app. Checking out and returning a bike is seamless with a smartphone, and users can conveniently park vehicles within the service area.