Bixi releases mid-season update

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The Bixi bike sharing service issued its mid-summer update. Despite a slow start, board members say the numbers are good and that they are hopeful the city will keep the service around for years to come.

The board did say that 2014 ridership numbers are down somewhat from years past, but that several factors are to blame.

Those include the weather, bad press and uncertainty over the service's future and the logistical and financial constraints of running it as a non-profit.

The organization will be presenting a complete report, including financial details, to the city at the end of the fall.

It will be up to the Coderre administration to decide whether Bixi will have a future.

But board member Sylvia Morin says she hopes it will take into account everything they had to deal with this year.

"We had a couple of weeks to put together an organization, give ourselves processes," she said. "And it doesn't work. You start off with a couple of strikes against you. That's what this season has been about."

Morin did say the board is looking at several different option to increase Bixi's appeal to Montrealers, including offering mid-season subscriptions.

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