A new, high tech, bike sharing station is coming to Bobcaygeon and is set to open in May.
Ten new 7-speed cruisers with baskets and helmets will be available every day at Lock 32 from May through October while the locks are open. The goal is to give boaters, visitors and residents a chance to explore more of the area.
“Because Bobcaygeon is lucky enough to be a ‘lock town’ a lot of our visitors arrive by boat and want to run a few errands or see the surrounding area, so this will be a great way. It’ll be something families who are travelling through the system can enjoy, get off their boat and see a bit of our town and area. People who are vacationing in the area will enjoy being able to take a ride around without having to bring their bike with them.” says Bonnie Jane Harris, Impact 32 Volunteer Marketing Chair
The group behind the initiative, Impact 32, has made it as easy as one, two three. In fact, there’s an app for it. Just download it on your phone, sign a waiver, pay through your phone and then the phone will unlock the bike. Once you’re done, the phone will lock the bike back into the station and calculate your payment. A minimal charge, expected to be around $5 for the first half hour, will cover insurance and maintenance on the bikes. the app is called MOVATIC.
Impact 32 is a group of local volunteers who were recently awarded funding for the project from Regional Tourism Organization 8 and the Eastern Ontario Development Program.
“We want to thank our funding partners for making this possible, and Environmental Action Bobcaygeon for bringing the need for active transportation to the forefront in Bobcaygeon” says Impact 32’s official bike sharing ‘spokesperson’ Carly Poole, “We also want to thank Trent Severn Waterway for their continuing co-operation and support of our town. We appreciate their partnership in this project allowing the bike station to be perfectly situated in the heart of Bobcaygeon on Parks Canada property.”
They are looking for volunteers to man the station. The 2- or 3-hour shifts would be spent chatting with people at the bike station, helping direct visitors, giving info on the bikes as well as answering any other questions that might pop up. Volunteers will be provided with information and hand-outs and stationed inside, out of the elements, so shifts will be rain or shine.
Anyone who would like to share their Bobcaygeon enthusiasm is asked to email [email protected].