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.