Here are stories about Boston using Bixi as well:
Montreal Gazette: Boston, London want our Bixi bikes
The city of Montreal has reached agreements with Boston and London, England, to implement a version of our bike-sharing program. The bikes and docking stations will continue to be made in Quebec, guaranteeing at least 40 jobs in the Montreal area and more in manufacturing plants in Saguenay and Thetford Mines.
And in a twist, the Bixi call centre in Montreal will be beefed up to handle customer complaints coming from Boston.
“It’s not just job creation, this enhances the credentials of the designers of Bixi,” Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay said.
“There are patents on Bixi and the technical aspects like the solar-powered docking stations, so we’re also exporting our knowledge, ” Tremblay said.
Boston Globe: Vendor selected for Boston area bike-sharing program
A Canadian company, the Public Bike System Company, was selected to bring a network of bike-sharing stations to Boston, and plans to expand the system into Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline shortly afterward. Each city still has to finalize contracts with the company before the program can begin, said Amanda Linehan, a MAPC spokeswoman.
“This will make it easier for people to use bikes to do errands, to attend meetings during work hours, and to visit friends,” Marc Draisen, executive director of MAPC, said in a statement. “It will take cars off the road and improve our air quality. The Public Bike System Company already runs a great system in Montreal, and we’re pleased to provide the municipalities the opportunity to enter into a contract with them.”