Bike-Share Hero: Montreal’s Solar-Powered “Bixi” System

Via the Bike-Sharing Blog, this vid shows a modular bike-share station getting set up in what must be record time. It’s part of a trial system in Montreal called Bixi (contraction of "bike" and "taxi," rhymes with pixie), which launched last month and is set to ramp up with 2,400 bikes next April. Bike-Sharing Blog’s Paul DeMaio explains what sets Bixi apart:

One of the finer aspects of Bixi
is how easily its stations can be assembled. There is no demolition of
concrete or asphalt for the undergrounding of wires nor the need for an
electrical hook-up as Bixi is solar-powered.

Another great thing about this video: The soundtrack combo of 70s-style guitar riffs and Pomp and Circumstance.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Time Mag Digs Montreal Bike-Share

|
Bixi, Montreal’s new public bicycle-sharing program, has been listed among Time Magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2008. While a pilot version of the system debuted this fall, the real action begins next spring, when 2,400 bicycles will appear on city streets along with 300 solar-powered stations. The bikes are designed to withstand the abuses of […]
STREETSBLOG USA

Why TIME Magazine Got the Bixi Story Wrong

|
Major media have a habit of blowing bike-share problems out of proportion. Witness the 2009 BBC story that cast theft and vandalism as an existential threat to Velib in Paris. Five years later, Velib is still going strong. The most recent entry in the genre is Christopher Matthews’ misguided story on the Bixi bankruptcy in TIME. Headline: […]

Bixi Bankruptcy: What Does It Mean for American Bike-Share?

|
The Montreal-based equipment supplier for several American bike-share systems, including Citi Bike, filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday. It’s unclear exactly how the restructuring or sale of the company known as Bixi will play out, but the bankruptcy filing could accelerate the transition to more robust and reliable hardware and software for Citi Bike and other […]

Bike-Share: Not Just for French Commies

|
In Montreal, theft is “not a major problem” for the bike-share network. Photo: TreeHugger. The Times ran a piece on Vélib’s growing pains this weekend. The story is more thoroughly reported than the hatchet job we saw from the BBC back in February — no claims that bike-share in Paris will flame out quickly this […]