Riding around in the city has never been cheaper, as BIXIhas just released a brand new deal for everyone in Montreal: half-season passes, at half the price. Along with being green and fit, you can add saving money to the long list of benefits of BIXI'ing, because the new deal is even cheaper than a student OPUS card.
From August first to the end of the BIXI season (Nov. 15th) BIXI is offering everyone in Montreal a BIXI pass priced at $40. A regular season pass is a little over $80, and a single month is above $30, so at $40 for four whole months of riding is quite the steal.
Each time you take out a BIXI your newly half-priced pass gives you a 45 minute ride for free. Go online and you can track your travels, from favourite spots to how much distance you've trekked. Montreal isn't that large, and you can get nearly anywhere in half an hour of travel, so don't stress about going over the time limit.
A student OPUS card is just over $40 for one month, and you don't get the benefit of exercise, being environmentally friendly, and access to the bikes at any time of day/night. Most of us aren't even students and aren't privy to the deal, making the BIXI pass even more enticing. Either way, don't wait for a night bus, get a BIXI pass on the cheap and ride home whenever.
Montrealers clearly love BIXI bikes, as illustrated by the company's record-breaking statistics for the 2021 season, which has just come to an end. If you have any doubts about that love, just take a look at the 5.8 million trips taken over the year.
Alexandre Taillefer, chairman of the board of directors of BIXI Montreal, called the company's historic figures "a testament to the ever-growing importance of the bike-sharing service, particularly the popularity of the growing number of stations and electrically-assisted bicycles."
BIXI says it had a record number of new riders in 2021, as well as a record number of people who signed up for memberships for the first time, "with a 70% increase over last year."
"As for the total number of trips, it has increased by 74% since last year, to 5.8 million, which is one of the best years since the birth of BIXI," a release from the company says.
Thanks to promotions and an early start date, BIXI was able to eclipse its previous records by a large margin. BIXI, in fact, says the 2021 season was the "longest season ever."
With the end of the season and bike stations coming down throughout Montreal over the next few days, BIXI is poised for even more success after the winter. The mayor, for instance, has promised to promote the service by adding thousands of new electric bikes to its fleet and will add even more stations around the city.
"While the majority of customers used to frequently use the service to commute to work or downtown, more and more people are now discovering the benefits of riding a standard or electric BIXI to shop, rediscover their neighbourhood or simply for fun," added Christian Vermette, director general of BIXI Montreal, in the release.
"This is just the beginning as we promise to continue to innovate in order to maintain our status as a leader in the bike-sharing industry."
As summer winds down, so does the BIXI Montréal season. If you've been relying on the bike-sharing system to get around over the past five months, you may be wondering when you'll have to start using other modes of transit. Remember waiting for busses? Ugh.
The answer is November 15, which is when the BIXI season ends. Bixi says the bikes are taken off the network that day, and moved into storage in a warehouse in Rosemont-La Petite Patrie so they can "spend the winter warm inside."
An investment of $885 million is earmarked for a huge three-year plan called the "Transportation Electrification Strategy 2021-2023." This action plan will "prioritize measures that promote the increase and diversification of the supply of sustainable, integrated, affordable and accessible transport, being at the heart of green and inclusive economic recovery," according to a press release.
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In addition to nearly 1,000 paid reserved parking spaces for electric vehicle charging stations in downtown Montreal by 2025, the city will focus its efforts on "decarbonization solutions for public transport, individual transport, shared mobility and freight transport."
Most notably, the city will support the STM's plans to electrify its bus fleet and garages. Funding will also include investments for the blue line extension.
The plan will also add more than 2,100 electric BIXI bikes across all 19 boroughs.
"I am extremely proud of this new strategy, which proves once again to Montrealers that the environment is an issue that is dear to us and that we are taking concrete steps to achieve the targets we have set for ourselves, in particular carbon neutrality by 2050," said Mayor Valérie Plante.
The Montreal edition of the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is set to take place on Saturday, so if you see a large group of nude people cycling down the street, you'll know why — it's meant to be a peaceful protest against fossil fuels and the world's dependency on oil.
The clothing-optional bike ride is scheduled to begin at Dorchester Square — which is at the intersection of Rue Peel and Boulevard René-Lévesque — at 1 p.m., and tour the city until at least 8 p.m. when the night ride will take place.
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A map posted by the Facebook group's administrator shows that the ride will pass through City Hall grounds, into the Village, and through Downtown Montreal before returning to the square.
The WNBR's Wiki page recommends that cyclists wear a mask for their protection during the ride.
Cyclists can also rent BIXI bikes for the course, but BIXI told MTL Blog in March that it requests that cyclists cover the seats with plastic bags for sanitary purposes. It also reminded participants to wear shoes and helmets.
At the time, Gene Dare, the organizer of the World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal, told MTL Blog that it was hard to say how many cyclists would participate this year. However, its Wiki page states that this year's edition is "a much bigger and exciting ride."
World Naked Bike Ride Montreal 2021
The World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal will take place on July 17.