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Bixi!

I just couldn’t wait until the Bixi bikes made their way to Toronto so I loaded up a backpack full of clothes and my camera and headed out on a road trip to Montreal to try them out. It was so worth it.

Bikeroo with his first ever Bixi Bike

The first thing I noticed when I got to Montreal was how many of Bixi bikes there were. I couldn’t go five minutes without seeing a docking station or someone riding one of these bikes. I loved how convenient it was to just walk up to a station and start riding away. Going around Montreal by Bixi had to have been the best way to explore the city since it was cheap, speedy and fun!


Taking the bike for a spin

Visiting Old Montreal by Bixi

The whole Bixi system was really easy to use and was accessible both in English and in French. The stations provided information on how to use the bikes as well as the number of bikes available at neighbouring stations including a map of the area.

Bixi docking station

The Bixi bikes are a lot of fun to ride and I can’t wait until they start rolling in Toronto. The 3-speed Nexus hub, drum brakes, dynamo-lights, fenders, basket and all the other accessories on the bike not only look great but also work really well and will definitely be put to good use here in Toronto.

Physically separated bike lane in Montreal

What makes biking in Montreal great is the abundance of various forms of cycling infrastructure, hopefully with the critical mass of people riding bicycles thanks to Bixi we may be able to see separated bike lanes in TO too.

Physically separated bike lane in Montreal



Posted: September 2nd, 2010
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