Eight e-bikes are now available for renting at locations in uptown and downtown New Westminster.
After launching at the Inn at the Quay in the summer, BCAA’s Evolve E-Bike Share program has now expanded to include uptown New Westminster. An Evolve parking zone has been installed outside the Westminster Centre in partnership with the Uptown Business Association.
“The Uptown Business Association is excited to announce its partnership with Evolve E-Bike Share, bringing a new mode of transportation to New Westminster,” said Bart Slotman, president of the Uptown Business Association board. “This collaboration aims to connect downtown and uptown, fostering economic growth for our local businesses while also promoting zero-emission active transportation.”
According to evo.ca, Evolve now has eight e-bikes available year-round for public use in New Westminster, and will continue to explore partnership opportunities to expand the coverage. It’s also operating in Whistler and at Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby campus, as well as at private businesses in Metro Vancouver and Victoria.
The program’s website states that the rental rate is 35 cents per minute or $12.99 per hour, with a $1.25 unlock fee per trip. A monthly subscription rate, which is designed for frequent riders, costs $9.99 per month, which reduces the per-minute rate to 10 cents.
According to BCAA’s evo.ca website, here’s how the program works:
- Sign up by filing out an online registration form (select e-bike only if you don’t need car share)
- Find an available e-bike through the Evo app or at one of the parking zones in New Westminster, Simon Fraser University or Whistler
- Unlock the e-bike from your smartphone and inspect it to make sure it’s in good condition (report any damage before you hit the road)
- Put on a helmet, which can be found in the basket of the Evolve E-Bike