Renting electric bicycles could soon be a reality around Chatham-Kent.
Municipal officials are looking to find local businesses interested in acting as host sites for an e-bike rental program to help boost tourism and transportation options in the municipality.
The issue was raised at a recent council meeting, with the proposed program to be run through a third party.
Council recently approved a motion asking the municipality’s tourism development co-ordinator to enter into discussions with Demon Electric/RYDE, as well as any interested community businesses, about a pilot project.
Councillor Clare Latimer, who entered the motion, said she hopes the municipality can get a sense of the interest and feasibility.
“It would be great if we could get the e-bike rental going with the businesses who are interested if there’s no cost to the municipality,” she said.
The Richmond Hill company, which provides e-bike services in locations such as New York City and Paris, France, was the lone company to respond to the municipality’s request for expressions of interest for an e-bike service put out earlier this year.
If approved by council, the pilot project would come under the auspices of C-K Tourism and Active Transportation. However, the e-bike system would operate independently without municipal funding.
A survey regarding the e-bike program is available on the municipality's Let’s Talk webpage.
The issue is expected to come back before council on July 11th with a report including recommendations for operational options and any associated municipal cost implications.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News