Bixi’s first launch in Canada, was in Montreal, Quebec in May, 2009. Bixi had its’ launch in Toronto on May 3, 2011 and Bixi hopes that the current Toronto membership base expands from 1,400 to 7,000 in the first year. Montreal was successful and membership climbed to 10,000 in the first year of operation.
As a condition to coming to Toronto, Bixi stated that it must have 1000 memberships and Torontonians didn’t disappoint. Bixi managed to sell 1000 memberships at $95.00 and the City of Toronto provided the assistance to find space for 80 Bixi Stations and a loan of $4.8 million dollars.
The Public Bike System Company (PBSC) is the organization behind the concept, development and operation of the first large-scale bike sharing system in North America, BIXI. Destined to become a complementary means of public transportation, this service allows citizens to borrow a bike from a given station, carry out trips and return the bike to any station in the network.
PBSC offers a highly advanced bike sharing system on three continents, to private campuses and cities, such as London (UK), Melbourne (Australia), Minneapolis, Washington and Arlington (USA), Ottawa and Gatineau (Canada). PBSC also offers realistic solutions as to alternative transportation and consultant services, both technical and operational. BIXI plans on conducting a launch in Boston, in July, 2011.
If we compare Toronto to Montreal, the services and prices are different and better in everyway in Montreal:
Toronto will have 1,000 bikes and 80 stations and 1500 docking points by the end of May, 2011
Montreal will have 5,050 bikes and 405 stations by the end of May, 2011
Toronto pays $95.00 a year for a membership, that gives the cyclist the convenience of a fob, but members must still pay for the time they use a Bixi Bike, the first thirty (30) minutes are free
Montreal pays $78.00 a year for a membership ($17.00 less than Toronto), that gives the cyclist the convenience of a fob, but members must still pay for the time they use a Bixi Bike, the first forty-five (45) minutes are free (15 minutes more time than Toronto).
Here is a comparison of the Montreal and Toronto Bixi Rates:
Montreal Rates (doesn’t include the yearly membership):
|Time||first 45 minutes||up to 60 minutes||61 to 90 minutes||subsequent 30 minute periods|
Toronto Rates (doesn’t include the yearly membership):
|Time||first 30 minutes||up to 60 minutes||61 to 90 minutes||subsequent 45 minute periods|