Portland is currently the only city where car2go offers bike racks, after installing the racks on 250 vehicles in March 2015.
One month after adding bike racks to half its fleet in Portland, Ore., the local manager of car2go in Calgary says the company is “open” to the idea here but would need to see a lot of demand from local car-share customers before implementing it.
Jon Wycoco said car2go has received “a handful” of requests from Calgary car2go members who would like to see bike racks on the tiny vehicles, but so far it’s not enough to warrant something similar to what the company did with its fleet in the famously bicycle-friendly city in the Pacific Northwest.
Portland is the only city where car2go currently offers bike racks. It decided to add racks to half its fleet of 500 vehicles after a survey of members there found 68 per cent bike at least once per week and 37 per cent cycle five to seven times a week.
Sean Carter, owner of BikeBike in Calgary, wasn’t sure if there would be enough demand locally but said he’d definitely make use of bike racks, if they were added.
“I don’t have a car, so car2go is useful within its range, but when you run up against that wall of that range, you’re kind of stuck,” he said, referring to the limited “home area” where users can end a car2go session and excludes the peripheries of the city, particularly the deep south.
“The way I would use it would be to put my bike on the car2go, drive the car2go to the end the range and then ride the rest of the way from there,” Carter said.
Shane Dixon, a regular car2go user in Calgary, said he could see other uses for bike racks.
“Say I bike downtown to meet up with a friend,” he said. “The racks would be handy if I decided to get groceries after and car2go home.”
Wycoco said “we are open to the possibility” of bike racks on Calgary car2go vehicles but the company has no immediate plans to add them.