Bixi, the rideshare program that began in Montreal in 2014, has had great success in the city. The service, which operates through both an app and physical docking stations, has made biking more accessible to the residents of Montreal.
After the succes of Bixi, a new pilot project that consists of a scooter share service will be inaugurated in Montreal. The project, championed by the transport minister and the city of Montreal, is to be introduced for the first time this spring.
This project will increase the range of public transit options for residents.
TL;DR New electric scooters and bike rideshare services will be coming to Montreal this spring. This pilot project follows in the footsteps of other Canadian cities.
The electric scooter rideshare service is not the first of its kind. This service was inaugurated in Canada in Waterloo. The way that these scooters work is like this: people find the nearest scooter on an app, pay by the minute to use the scooters, and then leave them within a designated area.
The companies typically pay people to round up the scooters at the end of the day, charge them up, and put them back on the street.
In a metropolis like Montreal, it is still unclear as to where these scooters can be left. The city is indicating that the scooters will be equiped with locks, and users will chain the scooters to bike stands and other designated spots.
Some cities have been reporting issues with this rideshare. Problems being brought up include riders' aversion to helmets and tendency to avoid the bike lane.
No companies have announced that they will be operating in Montreal yet, though both JUMP and Lime have expressed interest in working with the city. The city's permit system hopes to attract serious candidates.
Interested parties have to apply for a minimum of $15,000 for a permit, depending on their size. Companies are also required to have an office in the city.
Political leaders in Quebec have spoken out about the shooting in Montreal on Monday, August 2. Three people were killed and two others were injured.
Premier François Legault and Minister of Public Security and Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault both referred to the incident as "worrying," while Mayor Valérie Plante added that "gun violence must stop."
Une enquête est en cours sur les événements d'hier à Rivière-des-Prairies. Que des fusillades surviennent chez nous… https://t.co/0DXKVMsA7B
In a tweet on Tuesday morning, Premier François Legault reacted to the shooting. He wrote, "an investigation is underway into yesterday's events in Rivière-des-Prairies. It is disturbing and worrying that shootings are happening in our area. My condolences to the relatives of the victims. We are going to protect Montrealers and Quebecers."
Geneviève Guilbault also added to the conversation in a tweet that said, "we offer our condolences to the loved ones of the victims of the shooting in Montreal yesterday. Recent events are worrying. We have invested significant sums in the fight against violence and our teams of @secpubliqueqc continue to work with our partners."
The mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, spoke out about the matter. She tweeted, "like the people of Montreal, I am shocked by yesterday's shooting in RDP. Gun violence must stop. The safety of Montrealers is an unconditional priority. Our team is fully mobilized and works with the @SPVM to find the culprits."
The investigation remains ongoing.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.
Can't make it to the Bas Saint-Laurent this summer? No problem. The city's latest culinary catch, Pincette, is landing in Old Montreal.
Led by Chef Khelil Ben Ammar formerly of Nelligan and Su, and "inspired by Montreal's vibrant culinary scene," the new Montreal lobster bar aims to "bring the East Coast experience to Montreal," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The décor sets the scene. The dining room evokes an elevated lobster shack with a "chic Montreal-European vibe." It even has charming lobster trap light fixtures.
Among the mouthwatering menu items are lobster mac n' cheese, a lobster roll, lobster poutine and a lobster club sandwich, as well as many other seafood treats and dishes (gotta highlight the cod fritters!).