As more industries throughout Quebec’s essential sectors return to work, Montreal’s BIXI Bike program launches its full seasonal service today.
The rentable bike service is now operational throughout Montreal. According to Mayor Valérie Plante, Santé Montreal has deemed the service “favourable.”
Plante stresses that similar to buses and metros, BIXIs will be used for “essential travels only.”
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“The decision to proceed with the launch of BIXI services on the scheduled date was made in collaboration with the City of Montreal and Montreal’s regional public health department in order to facilitate essential travel as well as the daily lives of workers who remain at the service of citizens in the context of COVID-19,” reads the BIXI website.
BIXI is also offering a free 30-day subscription to all employees of Montreal’s public health and social service institutions.
The company says it has “implemented important measures that comply with the recommendations of the regional public health department.” These include new protocols for disinfecting and cleaning bikes, equipment, and new hygiene instructions for riders.
Sanitary guidelines can be found on BIXI’s COVID-19 channel on its website.
BIXI Montreal, the non-profit organization, has been part of the city’s transportation every spring and summer since 2014.
The BIXI network has 7,430 bikes and 611 docking stations spread out across Montreal, Laval, Longueuil, Westmount, TMR, and Montreal Est.
#COVID19 : I am confirming that @BIXImontreal will be operational starting April 15, since @santemontreal has issued a favourable opinion in this regard. BIXI services are not to be used for strolls. Much like the metro or bus, they are meant for essential travels only. #polmtl
— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) April 2, 2020
Full season memberships cost $87 and one-way tickets cost $2.99.