Wednesday, September 24, 2008

montreal gets bike rental program (pic)

"We sincerely believe that a lot of citizens who are not presently commuting with a bicycle will use the bicycles," he said.

The service will cost $28 a month, or $78 for seven months. Users can buy a day pass for $5

When it's fully in service there will be 300 BIXI stations around the city where the bicycles can be rented or returned.

The $15-million system is being paid for by Stationnement de Montreal, the company that manages the city's on-street parking.

It hopes to recoup its investment through the membership fees.

The bikes are designed entirely in Quebec, and are made of 100 per cent recyclable aluminum. The bike parking stations are powered by solar energy."

D: based on Paris Velib program.

On July 15, 2007, the city of Paris will debut a new self-service "bicycle transit system" called Velib’. Parisians and visitors alike will be able to pick up and drop off bicycles throughout the city at 750 locations—offering a total of 10,648 bikes. By the end of the year, there will be a Velib’ station approximately every 900 feet for a total of 1,451 locations and 20,600 bikes.

D: Europe tried the honour system in the 60s. And shortly had no bikes left, LOL.

D: we could do this in K-W just fine.

It would go a long ways towards reaching 'mandatory cycling density' for safety in #s.

And those are some sweet city cruisers in the pic!

Integrated lights would make them useful at night too.

See the Citystorm by Giant.

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