City wants to cut fees for bike-sharing companies to use public land

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, May 2, 2018

More bike-share stations could pop up in Ottawa this summer if council agrees to make it cheaper for those companies to use public land.

The transportation committee on Wednesday endorsed the fee break, allowing bike-share companies to expand their services without paying a hefty bill for encroachment fees.

CycleHop, the company that runs the VeloGo bike share in Ottawa and Gatineau, has been meeting with city officials in recent months about expanding the service. Under a pilot program for 2018, ending on Nov. 15, the company and the city would work on new locations for the bike stations.

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