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A whoopsie and a plug


Photographer Liam Maloney and I did this slideshow thingy on the Bixi last year. See it here.

As it is wont to do on occasion, The New York Times recently sauntered up to these parts to slobber all over us. Thanks! I’ll let the writer’s suggestions speak for themselves–they’re quite good, and I’m glad he didn’t include my favourite dive–and just point out that anyone travelling up from New York with plans of renting a Bixi for $5 a day will be sorely disappointed. Have you ever seen a sorely disappointed New Yorker? Hell hath no fury.

The $5 in question is the daily subscription fee, which gets you the first half hour of pedal time. Bixis are meant for short haul trips, and the fees increase the longer you hang on to the thing. Were said New Yorker to actually hang on to the brute for 24 hours, it would cost him $276.50–an amount that would get you no less than 12 Poutines au foie gras at Au Pied de Cochon. I know which one I would prefer.

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A whoopsie and a plug

  1. Nice choice for the background you got there, Martin :)

    (Montrealers really do seem to take an inordinate amount of pride in their strip clubs for some reason eh?)

  2. I was surprised none of the links went to the New York Times article of which you speak. And I'm not sure why I got two Bixi links.

    • Maybe that was the whoopsie alluded to in the title?

    • Er, whoops. Fixed now. Danke.

  3. But BIXIs are meant for short trips within the urban zone. You pick one up, you bike somewhere (<30min) and you give it back at a nearby station. You do your business, and you can then pull out another one for <30minutes for free to pedal back, or for somewhere else. (You must wait 5 minutes between a return and a new pick-up.) And if your one-way trip is far enough that it takes you 31 to 59 minutes, it's only an extra buck-fifty.

    You want a bike for the whole day? Their website refers you to bike rental locations, because BIXI was not meant for that. BIXI was meant to get cars out of downtown and its parking spots by offering an alternative to cars, taxis and buses for short-hop urban travel.

    I suspect visitors from New York are smart enough to catch on. Five bucks gets you 24 hours of repeated half-hour-or-less bike trips. It's a good deal.