Montreal Begins Bixi, North America’s First Bicycle Rental Service

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Montreal Bicycle RentalEven though it’s a system that’s been popular in Europe for years, Montreal, Canada has just launched North America’s first bicycle rental service, and is planning on following it up with huge path expansions. Bixi, to be launched next Tuesday, will be one of the biggest bicycle rental systems in the world with 3,000 bikes, and 300 stations. Bikes are available to be rented by either monthly or yearly subscriptions, or if you’re in a jam and just need to get somewhere fast, take a bike for a single use rental. Montreal launched this as a branch of the parking authority, and although it cost $15 million to start up, they’re confident the increasing number of cyclists in the downtown core will make great use of the system, and cut down on unnecessary traffic.

Photo Credit: Peter McCabe for The Toronto Star

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