The City of Montreal has renewed its trust in BIXI-Montreal with a new 10-year contract. This contract cements BIXI’s position as a key partner in integrated mobility, as well as city hall’s determination to deliver a bike sharing service to everyone in the city. As part of the new contract, Marie Elaine Farley – President of BIXI-Montreal – along with Eric Alan Caldwell – city councillor, member of the executive committee, and town planning and transport manager – and the Office de consultation publique de Montréal, announced that BIXI’s service is set to be rolled out across Montreal’s 19 districts by 2028. By expanding the service into 19 districts, up from the current 11, BIXI will see its service coverage triple in 10 years.
Marie Elaine Farley announced, “This contract shows that all the hard work put in by BIXI-Montreal’s new management team since 2014 has rebuilt the people of Montreal’s trust and pride in this service, which has come to be an essential cog in the urban mobility machine”.
NEW MANAGEMENT CONTRACT
In 2018, BIXI recorded a record of more than 5.3 million journeys. The phenomenal 220% growth in use of the service over the past five years (in number of short and long-term purchases) and the planned expansion of the service mean that the new contract brings with it a forecasted average annual income of $4m, based on the shared key concept. The aim is to set up a single management and operations fee for each piece of BIXI infrastructure, whether it be for bikes, terminals, bike docks, or advertising space. This new way of calculating costs will clarify the fees incurred when adding facilities to a given area, and establish an income/surplus sharing strategy between various stakeholders, without giving rise to losses or accumulation over several years.
FIVE NEW DISTRICTS SERVED IN 2019
As announced last year, BIXI will begin serving five new districts by April 2019, namely Lachine, Saint-Laurent, Montréal-Nord, Anjou and Saint-Léonard. This expansion will represent more than 60 new stations, 2,625 new bike docks, and 1,000 additional bikes, all of which will be in service by next spring. BIXI is currently working in partnership with the districts to finalise the locations of these new stations.
A LONG-TERM VISION SERVING GROWING DEMAND
For Ms. Farley, “BIXI is extremely popular with its users, as shown in a recent survey that found 95% of them were happy with the service. What’s more, by expanding into new districts, BIXI-Montreal will be able to meet the expectations of people in Montreal who also want to use the service. With its mission of furthering the growth of bike travel as part of the modal transport solution in Greater Montreal, BIXI is now a key component of the strategy to promote active modes of transport that will lower greenhouse gas emissions and enhance quality of life”.
It should be noted that Montreal currently boasts the third biggest bike-sharing network in North America, and is a recognised world-leader in the field. Since being launched in Montreal in 2008, 1.3m Bixists have made more than 38 million journeys using the service.
In another ten years’ time, following this major growth trend, the service is set to include 912 stations in Montreal – 383 more stations than in 2018 – in addition to stations in Westmount and Longueuil. Almost 10,800 bikes will be in circulation by then, some 4,670 more than last year. BIXI will also add 9,700 bike docks to optimise the way bikes are spread across the network, an increase of 80% on 2018.
In the years to come, BIXI will be continuing its drive for innovation so that it can deliver a service that meets user expectations. It will be supported in this endeavour by the City of Montreal and partner companies dedicated to improving urban mobility, like our partner/presenter, Manuvie.