Bixi Comes to Montreal

by Mark R

bixi1-thumb-400x267-18129I have a bike, but right now it is out of commission. At this present time, I would be a good customer for Bixi, a bicycle sharing program.

It works by going to one of the bike stations that you see in the picture here, and borrowing one of the bikes. All a user needs is a credit card, and then the user can ride around freely as they normally would with their own bike. Once the user is done, he or she simply returns it to another bike station.

I am not certain how Bixi keeps track of all of its bikes, but I’m told that the setup is “computer-chip based, solar-powered, and Wi-Fi enabled”.

Montreal is the first North American city to host this program, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t the last. I’ve never heard of Bixi before, but it really is a program that is ingenious in its simplicity.

In fact, this bicycle sharing program has to be big in certain regions of Asian countries like China. I’ve seen pictures of Asian bicycle racks that rival parking garages in the Western world. If Bixi doesn’t have presence in places like these, then it really ought to.

But hey, who am I to offer advice to a bike lender? Right now, I am in need of one. Too bad I’m not in Montreal.


4 reviews or comments

Jose Valdes Says: May 18, 2009 at 4:57 pm

I just saw them last week outside a metro station but without bikes. I thought they were to charge people to Bike parking. It has been an issue here in Montreal. But hey! that seems pretty cool!

FeenX Says: May 19, 2009 at 4:15 am

I will probably try it soon, I usually walk pretty much anywhere but this service sounds cool.

One thing I know it is based on a similar service found in Paris if I am not mistaken.

Mike Epstein Says: May 20, 2009 at 7:17 am

Were I to show up at the pictured station… it looks like there’d be no room to return the bike. What then?
Maybe I could mail it back…. netBikes?

Christina Says: June 10, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Be very careful when you try this! You will be very surprised when you receive your bank statement!
What is written on the bike stands and on the website is not what you get charged!!!!
For 3 hrs, I ended up being charged 33.50$ and they refused to listen and to correct it!
This is crazy and ridiculous!

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