Sunday, September 20, 2009

BIXI Bikeshare Montreal is Fantastic

Bixi Bikes in a row

I was recently on holiday in Montreal and had the pleasure of experiencing another city's bike-ability. Montreal is a fantastic city for bikes. First of all, they have implemented a fantastic bike sharing service called BIXI.

BIXI is a very simple concept. There are hundreds of BIXI bike racks around the city. You can have an annual membership for about $78, or if you're just visiting Montreal, you can pay $5 and have access to the system for the day. In order to get a BIXI bike, you just have to walk up to one of the bike racks solar powered panels, put in your credit card and you get a code that you can put into any of the bikes on the rack and take out. When you're done with the bike you simply put it in any other BIXI bike rack in the city. It is genius and I highly recommend it.

Montreal is very bikeable. During the summer, sections of main roads are sectioned off for bicycle use only. So bikers don't have to ride with the cars. They also have a number of non-BIXI bike racks around the city. For example, on a street with parking meters, the bike racks are in between the bike meters.

Bike hook up by parking metres

This creates an area that is as bike friendly as it is car friendly - pretty unusual for a North American city.

Montreal - a fantastic city for bikers, at least in the summer months.

1 comment:

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I'm from Europe, there's this thing existing here as well. For example in Stockholm and Barcelona. And people really do use it.