Bixi Love

If I have one word to say about my trip to Montreal, that word would be BIXI, bikes for rent at hundreds of stations around Montreal (bike + taxi = BIXI). You pay $5, take one out, do your thing, lock it up at another station at your destination. Take another and another all day long and pay for the time you use between BIXI stations. Comfortable, theft proof, easy riding, widely loved, efficient and green… public transportation heaven.

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Author: Carle Steel

Carle Steel was a simple moisture farmer on a barren, sun-baked world who, through fate and destiny, brought the mighty Galactic Empire to its knees. She likes cats, bats, mice and you.

7 thoughts on “Bixi Love”

  1. are you from Montreal originally? what is their snow removal like? is it feasible to ride in the winter?

  2. No, I’m from here, but lived there for five miserable winters… So no, I’d say Bixis would be deadly in winter, though people do ride their heavy duty mountain bikes. And for the record, I love Regina winters – our spot in the time zone makes for longer evenings and relaxed mornings, and the type of snow we have and the way we manage it is way way way better… In Montreal, the sun plummets down at 3:30 it seems, and they use salt, which leads to slimy sidewalks and puddles at 40 below. I found it unliveable. Plotting a fugue, jeffg?

  3. Yes! I love Montreal’s Bixi bikes too. What’s more, after the initial system set-up payment, the first half-hour is free, so if you can ride to your next destination and lock up the Bixi in less than 30 minutes, you’re free!!! And you can do that as many times a day as you want. My last trip to Montreal was so awesome because of that! I jetted around like the carefree yet rather poor one I am!

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