The irony is that Montreal is otherwise run down, shabby and dirty. Fortunately, they have had decades of proper planning and infrastructure building so that even in it's fallen state the city is so much more beautiful, sophisticated and urban than here.
n a 33-8 vote, city council authorized staff to sign a deal with a Montreal company that will initially supply 1,000 bicycles to be parked at 80 docking stations spaced 300 metres apart.
The Toronto of today is one where even our suburbs have more attractive skyscrapers under construction than urban Montreal.
But it impressive that Montreal has adopted various innovations like transit fare cards or Bixi, that their subway is more developed for a city of their size, and that their stations are quite attractive public spaces.
So, Bixi is now trying hard to solicit the 1,000 signed up members it requires to launch in spring 2011.
They have 450 as of earlier today, and NEED the 1,000 by November. I would encourage everyone remotely interested in the public bikeshare idea to sign up and help make it happen.
It seems a little expensive for me ... I loved the idea and was about to subscribe but when I realized you still pay a usage - so for say 2:15 it'll cost me an additional 20.50.
It's also interesting bixi montreal is cheaper - only about 80 for the yearly subscription and all the 30min rates are about 1.5 less ... not much cheaper.
Anyway, and after reading the site I see they even acknowledge this on the Montreal site, this is ideal for short trips only ... any long weekend bike trips (and long is only say 1:30-3 hours) it's very costly, even if it's monthly event (so say 2:30 every month):
95 + (12*20.50) = $341.
Come to think of it that's not terrible - but it's about the price of a relatively cheap bike. Although it would be hard to beet all the convenience.
For short trips (30min or less is always free usage fee!) it's amazing ... anyone living downtown (who works / plays downtown as well - which isn't always the case) ... this is amazing - sign up now! i.e. if you're only going to make 30min or less trips ... this so beats owning your own bike ... even for $90 a month, for all the convenience ...