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BIXI: Montreal’s Bicycle-Taxi service

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/23 at 11:40 AM
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The city of Montreal has just unveiled its new self-service, bike-rental system on September 21st. BIXI, the bicycle-taxi rental program modelled after the successful Vélib program in Paris.

Montreal is starting the program with only 40 bicycle for rent at the moment. The plan is to grow to 2,400 BIXIs by next spring. Paris currently provides more than 10,000 bicycle in its Vélib program.

‘BIXIs will be available at 300 stations across the city and are intended for short trips within the city. “You ride it and you return it, and [for] the first half hour there’s no charge,” Mayor Gérald Tremblay said Sunday.

The service will cost $28 a month, or $78 for seven months. Users can buy a day pass for $5.

“We sincerely believe that a lot of citizens who are not presently commuting with a bicycle will use the bicycles,” Mayor Tremblay said.

In addition to being a program that encourages an environmentally friendly mode of transportation around the city, the BIXI bikes are also made of 100 per cent recyclable aluminum. The bike parking stations are powered by solar energy.

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