Laval rolls out new electric bike sharing service
Tough hills are going to be real easy to climb in Laval thanks to their new electric bikes.
The city’s new bike sharing service features BIXI-esque rentable bicycles that use a small electric motor to assist with pedaling.
The bikes are manufactured by a Quebec company named Bewegen and are designed by Michel Dallaire, the same man who engineered Montreal’s BIXI bikes. Bewegen have already set up similar programs in 20 European cities.
Laval currently have 40 Bewegen bikes and four pick-up/drop-off locations:
- Cartier Metro station
- Montmorency Metro station
- De la Concorde Metro station
- Carrefour Laval
Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to rent a bike, either as a season-long registered user or a temporary guest. It is mandatory for all riders to wear a helmet.
Each bike comes with a screen on the handlebar showings its electric charge level and how long it will last. Season passes cost $40, while individual rides cost $2 for the first 45 minutes and an additional $2 per half hour afterwards.
The Bewegen app lets users keep track of previous rides, total miles covered and displays maps of available docking stations.
Here’s hoping BIXI Bikes adopt similar electric-assisted bikes, imagine rolling down Maisonneuve Boulevard on one of these mini choppers?