No love for Bixi

The Mayor may have asked Montrealers to show their love for Bixi, but Montrealers find that hard to do when it`s cold and wet, like today.

The Journal de Montreal says there are fewer subscribers to the bike sharing service then there were at this time last year, and the overall number of trips taken is down by 40 per cent.

By the numbers

There are 33,000 subscribers this year, compared to 34,000 last year,and there has been a huge decline in the number of trips taken, from 800,000 in April and May of last year, to just 300,000 this year.

Bixi officials blame it all on the long winter, and cold and wet spring and say on the few sunny warm days we have had, the numbers this year are comparable to last year.

The city has only guaranteed Bixi availability for this year.

In the fall, the program will be reassessed.

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  1. Murray posted on 05/27/2014 07:31 AM
    Bixi use is down, but is the number of dead/seriously injured cyclists up? Reading about a cyclist being crushed under a truck does not provide great incentive to cycle.
  2. Paul posted on 05/27/2014 07:47 AM
    Once Bixi has finished it's inevitable implosion and ceases to exist, Montrealers can look forward to reclaiming more than $1 million per year in lost parking revenue!

    I suggest we use this money to keep our outdoor swimming pools open longer than just 2 months per year. Open them up in early June to Sept 1. It can get pretty hot here in June.
  3. Skibble5150 posted on 05/27/2014 08:58 AM
    Excellent. This silly project should be shelved sooner than later.

    Liquidate and eat the loss. Make the money back from the hippies who wanted it in the first place.
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