Thursday, May 14, 2009

Montreal's Bixi Rental Bikes Are Rolling

Montreal's Bixi program offers 3,000 bikes for rent at 300 stations. (Corinne Smith/CBC)

From The CBC:

Montreal's new self-service bicycle sharing program is open for business.

The $15-million Bixi program was officially launched Tuesday at city hall, where Mayor Gérald Tremblay took the first ride.

"It was conceived and fabricated in Montreal, in Quebec," he told a crowd of onlookers gathered for the Bixi launch. "It's a unique product that should make us proud."

Three-thousand bikes are available for short-term rental around Montreal's downtown core.

The bikes, which cost $2,000 apiece, are made of aluminum and are theft-proof, according to their designers.

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