Montreal

Bixi celebrates end of season, announces expansion to 5 more boroughs

This marks the 10th year of Bixi's operation in Montreal, and the service will continue to grow next year, with the company expanding services to five more boroughs.

Company says there were 5.3M trips taken during the 2018 season

Bixi set a new record with 5.3 million trips taken this year. (Charles Contant/CBC)

Today is the last day to use a Bixi before the season officially ends Nov. 15, and the company says it's hit a new record for 5.3 million trips taken in 2018.

This marks the 10th year of Bixi's operation in Montreal. The service will continue to grow next year, with the company expanding services to five more boroughs: 

  • Lachine
  • Saint-Laurent 
  • Montréal-Nord
  • Anjou
  • Saint-Léonard

The expansion will mean 60 new stations and 1,000 additional bikes will be put into circulation next spring.

This comes after the bike-sharing service announced it was rolling out some electric bicycles to join the fleet in the summer.

Since the beginning, Bixi has seen a steady growth in users and rides. ​Bixi Montreal president Marie Elaine Farley has attributes that growth to measures, such as OPUS card payment, electric bikes and increased safety.

To mark the Nov. 15 deadline when Bixi stations will start disappearing from street corners across the city, the company is holding a 10th anniversary celebration and inviting Bixi-users to ride their bikes to work for a chance to win prizes.

Between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Bixi users can return their bikes for "hibernation" and enter a contest to win prizes.

Since the trip is intended to be one-way, the STM will be handing out 100 one-trip tickets to help cyclists get home.

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