Readers of this site know that bicycles are great and that we like bike sharing programs, well, now it’s Toronto’s turn to get on the Bixi bandwagon. We’ve looked at Bixi before when they opened in Montreal.
The city of Toronto will approve Bixi to open next year in Toronto IF they an get 1,000 members before this November. If you are free tonight you can sign up for a Bixi membership at the Bixi Bash.
Here’s info on Bixi from the Toronto Star
â€œItâ€™s pretty inexpensive, even if youâ€™re just going to use it once a week,â€ said Daniel Egan, the cityâ€™s manager of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure. â€œThere are a number of milestones we need to achieve by the end of November in order to launch this for next year. And one of those is to sign up 1,000 members. Itâ€™s really to protect the city and the (BIXI) company from financial risk â€” to know thereâ€™s a demand for this.â€
The city will also need to secure $600,000 in corporate sponsors and locate appropriate docking sites. Both are well underway, says Egan.
â€œQuite frankly I think our biggest challenge will be the demand for more bikes once this program launches,â€ said Egan.
The ruggedly designed bikes are adjustable and designed to fit all body types. The wheels generate electricity to power the fixed-on lights.