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Get around... greenly!
Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2008 | 01:46 PM AT
Yeah all right, so that isn't exactly stellar grammar, but you'll forgive my excitement when you read all about the latest quasi-public transport options available to the average Montrealer. I say quasi-public because we're stepping beyond bus-and-metro territory here, people.
Let's start with the Bixi. The name is a contraction of "bicycle" and "taxi" and was chosen from some 9000 entries in a city-wide contest. The premise is that, starting April 2009, there will be 2.400 Bixis scattered across the city, giving you a healthier (and greener) option to taxis. Obviously, you couldn't Bixi back from IKEA (unless you have iron self control and were able to buy just the non-PVC shower curtain you went for), but for quick trips of a few kilometres, it's perfect.
If you use the bike for under half an hour, there's no extra charge over and above your membership fee. After that, you're charged a nominal sum per hour. This is merely to discourage folks from filching the bikes or keeping them overnight at their apartments. (Another reason to lock them in their docking stations: reduced risk of theft and not having to carry a 20kg bike up a winding Montreal stairway!)
Next, we move on to the eco taxi.
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