Monday, September 22, 2008

Montreal's New Self-Serve Rental Bicycles Rolled Out

Members of the Bixi team demonstrate the service and ride the bicycles around Montreal
on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008.

From The Montreal Gazette:

MONTREAL - The first prototypes for Montreal's new self-serve rental bicycles were rolled out for a public debut Sunday afternoon.

Weighing in at 20 kilograms, with three gears, they have an aluminum frame and a distinctive design. Each so-called Bixi features enclosed cabling and chains and dynamo-powered front and rear lights. These bikes have been designed to be able to tough it out for between 75,000 and 100,000 kilometres of use on the city's streets and hills, officials said.

By next spring, the city expects to have 2,400 of the custom-built Bixis available from a total of 300 solar-powered docking stations in six boroughs: Plateau Mont Royal, Rosemont-La Petite Patrie, Ville Marie, Outremont, Villeray-St. Michel and the South-West.

A seasonal pass allowing users to cycle for up to half an hour between docking stations - on an unlimited number of occasions between mid-April and mid-November - will cost $78. The second half-hour of each trip will cost $1.50.


More News On Montreal's Bike Plan

Montreal rolls out bike-sharing plan -- Globe And Mail
Montreal unveils pedal-powered public transit -- CTV
Montreal launches European-style self-service bicycle system -- Canadian Press

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