Time for a SoBi spin: ‘Every­one Rides’ in east end

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

The SoBi net­work got larger Thurs­day with the of­fi­cial launch of the Every­one Rides ini­tia­tive and the ad­di­tion of 12 new SoBi hubs and 75 new bikes in neigh­bour­hoods be­tween Went­worth and Ot­tawa Streets.

The goal of Every­one Rides is to make Hamil­ton Bike Share more ac­ces­si­ble for all by re­mov­ing fi­nan­cial bar­ri­ers with sub­si­dized mem­ber­ships, as well as of­fer­ing trans­la­tion ser­vices and rid­ing work­shops.

With the ad­di­tion of the 12 new hubs, there are now 131 SoBi hubs in Hamil­ton. The 75 new bikes will dif­fer from the ex­ist­ing blue three­speed bikes: they will have a spe­cial white paint job and eight speeds.

Every­one Rides is funded by the Fed­er­a­tion of Cana­dian Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, the Losani Fam­ily Foun­da­tion Fund and the City of Hamil­ton.

The SoBi bike share sys­tem was launched in 2015.

GARY YOKOYAMA, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

SoBi rid­ers take the newly de­signed bikes out for a ride from the new West­ing­house Av­enue/Bar­ton Street East hub on Thurs­day.

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