Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has just announced that he has selected Alta Bicycle Share, the partner of BIXI in the United States, to set up and operate Chicago’s bike share system.
The Emanuel administration estimates the total cost of the project at U.S. $21 million, $3 million of which will be provided by the city. The initial phase of the new system will make 3,000 bicycles available throughout Chicago. Mayor Emanuel also announced that the project has received a grant from a U.S. government air quality improvement program to add another 1,000 bicycles and 100 docking stations by 2013.
Mayor Emanuel said that by granting this major contract to the Alta-BIXI consortium, “Chicago is going to offer one of the top bike sharing programs in the world, and one of the largest in the United States.” The Emanuel administration explained the choice in a press release from the Mayor’s office: “Alta and their partner Public Bike System Company are the global leaders in bike sharing programs, and will set up and operate the new system that will be a key part of achieving our goal of making Chicago a world-class city for bicycling.”
The Business Development Unit of the Québec Government Office in Chicago (DQC) collaborated closely to bring this project to a successful conclusion. It notably organized meetings between the Chicago Department of Transport and the City of Montréal to help BIXI with the invitation to tender for the system in Chicago.
It is BIXI’s second bike share installation in the Midwest. Following the company’s success with Nice Ride Minnesota in Minneapolis, which has been operating since 2010, it is now Chicago’s term to enjoy the BIXI experience.
Québec Government Office in Chicago
Alta Bicycle Share - BIXI’s partner in the United States