UK prime minister gives kudos to Montreal's BIXI bikes

Nov 23 2020, 11:55 am

BIXI Montreal got some international recognition over the weekend.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave kudos to Montreal’s public bike-sharing system during Canada and the UK’s Trade Continuity Agreement.

During the video call, Johnson was joined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng, and Secretary of State for International Trade for the United Kingdom Liz Truss.

Before promoting BIXIs, Johnson said the UK and Canada share perspectives about going green, tackling climate change, and creating green tech jobs in the process.

He said during his time as mayor of London, he was looking for cost-effective bikes to persuade people to cycle more.

In doing so, Johnson said he “scoured the Earth” to find the best bikes available. “Alas, by far the best ones were made in Canada. I think they’re called BIXI, and they’re still going.”

In 2009, BIXI bikes launched in Montreal, becoming the first large-scale bike-sharing system in all of North America.

Here’s hoping the UK prime minister is seen ripping down Maisonneuve Boulevard this summer.

The entire Canada-UK Trade Continuity Agreement video conference is embedded below, with the bike chatter starting at the 9:30 mark.

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