- 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.
- And, it's offering free 30-day subscriptions to all public health and social service workers.
- Find out about the new measures BIXI has put in place below.
With 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.
And, this good news came with some even better news.
Their website clearly states that a "free subscription is offered to the employees of Montreal's public health and social service institutions."
Such 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.
The company's website reminds all users that "in the current context, the use of BIXI bikes is encouraged for essential trips only."
So, joy rides around the city are a no-no for the time being.
The General Manager of BIXI Montreal, Christian Vermette, made a statement about the bikes in light of the current global situation.
"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."
To confirm, the provider has been deemed an essential service in Quebec.
Some 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.
And also, making sure that you follow all of Quebec's health guidelines for stopping the spread of COVID-19 whenever using this service.
You can see all the new measures the company has implemented here.
As 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:
Docks (bollards) including touchpads
Bikes (Seat and seatpost collar, grips, plastic surface of handlebars)
Transport trucks (surfaces in contact with an employee)
Users can rest assured that BIXI is following health guidelines from Montreal's regional public health department and the City of Montreal.