Bixi bicycle given as gift to royal couple
London mayor commissions tandem bike made in Quebec
London Mayor Boris Johnson is giving Prince William and his new bride, Kate Middleton, a Bixi tandem bicycle for their wedding.
The regal tandem was designed specifically for the royal couple, drawing on the rental bicycle model created in Quebec.
What is Bixi?
Johnson, an outspoken advocate of urban cycling, is offering the bicycle as a gift from the city of London.
He posted a cartoon on his office's official YouTube channel, showing the royal couple riding their new tandem.
The royal seven-speed two-seater was designed by Michel Dallaire, who created the original Bixi bike.
Cycle Devinci Inc. in Chicoutimi, Que. manufactured the tandem after receiving the secret order two months ago.
"It's a cool project," said Bixi Montreal spokesman Michel Philibert. "Just to see our Bixi at the royal festivities, I think we have to be honoured by that."
The Bixi bike was first introduced in Montreal in 2008.
Several major cities around the world have since adopted it, including London, Melbourne, Minneapolis, Washington DC and Ottawa.