Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre is following through on his promise to keep Bixi going this year by setting up a non-profit group to oversee its local operations.
But its international operations are still in flux.
Coderre announced that they're not satisfied with any of the bids so far and is asking for revised bids: the city wants a minimum $4M for the bike-sharing service. The deadline for new offers is this Friday.
At the same time, Coderrre said they won't be investing one red cent in the international operations.
The city meantime is pouring a pre-budgeted $5M into the non-profit group Bixi-Montreal for its contract and daily operating expenses.
Coderre said he didn't want to leave 54,000 Bixi subscribers stranded.
"Are we going to tell them, 'Tough luck, forget about it, we don't care about you,' create another fuss. I'm a radical center. I'm trying to find a balance here," Coderre told reporters at a news conference.
"If I didn't do anything, we'd have lost over $50-million, we would have scrapped that season and it would have been,'That's it, that's all.' "
The head of cycling lobby group Vélo-Québec Suzanne Lareau is among those on the board of the new non-profit group.
The group is also supposed to come up with recommendations for Bixi's future.
Coderre urged Montrealers to "show their love for Bixi," while not making any promises about keeping the service going.
The season is expected to start April 15 at the same fares as last season.