As of April 15, BIXI Montreal is officially back in service — making its bikes ready to be used for essential travel and commutes to work.\nAnd, it's offering free 30-day subscriptions to all public health and social service workers.\nFind out about the new measures BIXI has put in place below.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nWith the nice weather finally hitting our city, many of us are ready to dust off our bikes or look into a new BIXI subscription. The City of Montreal and Montreal's regional public health department have agreed that BIXI could continue to be launched on its expected date — deeming it an essential service. So, as of April 15, BIXI Montreal is now back up and running — for essential travel purposes and to facilitate the lives of workers who continue to help our community during these difficult times.\nAnd, this good news came with some even better news.\nTheir website clearly states that a "free subscription is offered to the employees of Montreal's public health and social service institutions."\nSuch free subscriptions will last for 30 days, which the company is doing as a way to help make essential workers' commutes to work a little bit easier.\nThe company's website reminds all users that "in the current context, the use of BIXI bikes is encouraged for essential trips only."\nSo, joy rides around the city are a no-no for the time being.\nThe General Manager of BIXI Montreal, Christian Vermette, made a statement about the bikes in light of the current global situation.\n"From the very first announcements regarding COVID-19, our priority has been to collaborate with the regional public health department and to respect its recommendations in order to make BIXI services available on April 15 in a responsible manner."\nView this post on Instagram @val_plante l'a annoncé: la saison BIXI sera lancée le 15 avril! 🎉 Avec la situation que nous connaissons tous, nos équipes pédalent fort pour s'assurer que BIXI demeure un moyen de transport sécuritaire pour tous nos usagers. Pour connaître toutes les nouvelles mesures de nettoyage mises en place, consultez notre lien en bio! . . . @val_plante has announced it: the BIXI season will be launched on April 15! 🎉 Considering current circumstances, our teams are going the extra mile to ensure that BIXI remains a safe means of transportation for all our users. To find out about all the new cleaning procedures that have been implemented, check out the link in our bio! #biximtl #bixi #montreal #velomtl #bonnenouvelle #cavabienaller 🌈 A post shared by BIXI Montréal (@biximtl) on Apr 3, 2020 at 12:43pm PDT\nTo confirm, the provider has been deemed an essential service in Quebec.\nSome of the new recommendations for using bikes include renting one with a BIXI key, avoiding touching your face, and bringing cleaning wipes with you to use before getting on a bike.\nView this post on Instagram Utilisez-vous BIXI le soir ou la nuit? @smartclimber a sorti son appareil photo pour créer cet effet surprenant! 🤩💫. . #biximtl #mtl #montreal #mtlsmoments #longexposition A post shared by BIXI Montréal (@biximtl) on Jun 25, 2019 at 6:18am PDT\nAnd also, making sure that you follow all of Quebec's health guidelines for stopping the spread of COVID-19 whenever using this service.\nYou can see all the new measures the company has implemented here.\nAs for what it will be doing to ensure that its bikes are clean for users, it will be enforcing "cleaning and disinfecting measures" at all of the following spots:\nTransaction terminals\n\n\nDocks (bollards) including touchpads\n\n\nBikes (Seat and seatpost collar, grips, plastic surface of handlebars)\n\n\nTransport trucks (surfaces in contact with an employee)\nUsers can rest assured that BIXI is following health guidelines from Montreal's regional public health department and the City of Montreal.