Tourism officials looking for E-Bike rental partners

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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

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