Starting this summer, BIXI will have some serious competition as another bike (and scooter) sharing service rides its way towards Montreal.
The new fleet of public transport, from the Uber-owned JUMP company, will consist of electric bicycles and scooters, available for rent at $0.15 per minute.
Having already established itself in the US, Montreal will be the first Canadian city to host the sharing service.
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Users will be able to book a ride through both the JUMP and Uber apps and pay by the minute. Unlike BIXIs however, these bikes don’t need to be parked exclusively at designated dock stations but instead at city-installed bike racks.
An employee at Quebec’s Transport Ministry confirmed in a phone call with Daily Hive that new regulations must first be put in place to allow the services to come to Montreal.
Because it’s a US company, a “control centre” must be set up in the city, informing clients about the province’s rules and regulations before the bikes and scooters can hit the town.
Once installed, the e-bikes and e-scooters will be equipped with a GPS map which can be activated through the smartphone app.
The bikes are expected to be deployed in May and will be first tested out downtown, between René-Lévesque Boulevard and Sherbrooke, between Guy and Berri.
The electric scooters are slated to ride into town in June or July and will be allowed on streets and bike paths, according to Transport Quebec.
JUMP currently operates in both Europe and the United States, including New York City, San Francisco and Berlin. Montreal, having been successful with BIXI Bikes for the better part of a decade, will be the first city in Canada to offer the services.