Montreal’s bike sharing service, Bixi, has been doing exceptionally well this year. Despite the roller coaster weather, usage is up 32% compared to the same period last year. That means Bixi has some money to spare, and they’ve decided to use it to start an audacious new service: electric bikes!
Last year, Bixi added 1 000 self-service bikes to its network. This year, it’s spreading to more municipalities, and adding this exciting new service! It’s great for those who aren’t in great shape, or who have to carry around heavy bags. With electric bikes, it’s much easier to go uphill!
However, before they can be inaugurated, the electric Bixi bikes will have their fair share of challenges: for starters, their charging stations will need to be connected to the grid. This won’t be simple; charging stations may not be as easy to remove during winter as the non-charging equivalent. They’ll also be significantly more expensive.
That’s why Bixi only plans on deploying 40 electric bikes, spread across three stations. There is no word either on whether users will be allowed to dock the electric bikes at other Bixi stations, or where the electric stations will be.
Source: Journal de Montréal