Divvy is Chicago’s new bike sharing system with 4,000 bikes and 400 stations across the city. Intended to provide Chicagoans with an additional transportation option for getting around the city, Divvy is fun, easy, and affordable.
What you might not know about Divvy is that all of its fleet is manufactured by Québec company BIXI. BIXI created the first large-scale solar-power bikeshare system in the world launching its 3,000 bike system in Montreal in 2008 (it has expanded to 5,000 bikes since). Today, the company manufactures bikes for various American cities including Washington, D.C., Boston, New York, Minneapolis and Chicago. The Chicago network will be operated by Portland’s Alta Bicycle Share, which already operates BIXI networks in Washington DC and Boston.
BIXI’s success also translates into various prestigious international prices. In 2008, the year of its Montreal launch, BIXI was named the 19th Best Invention of 2008 by Time Magazine – only 1 place behind the NASA Mars Mission Rover. In addition, BIXI has also recently been awarded the GOLD Award for best product of 2009 in the Energy & Sustainability category of the prestigious Edison Best New Products Awards. In 2009, BIXI won the Bronze Prize (transport category) from the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). In 2011, BIXI was also awarded the Good Design gold medal for environmental products. The Good Design Award is the World's Most Prestigious Global Awards for New Product Design and Graphics. It is awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
About the Quebec Business Spotted in the Midwest (QBSM) Series
The QBSM series is a simple and informal way to talk about Québec’s presence in the Midwest. By taking pictures of Québec’s goods and services whenever we see them, we, at the Québec office in Chicago, are able to tell you a story about Quebec’s economy, creativity, talent, and perhaps even its history. Though it would be impossible to give you an exhaustive list of all the Québec products in the Midwest (we export more than $8 billion of goods to the Midwest per year!) the QBSM series seeks to provide a small but informative window into Québec’s economic scene. If you know of a Québec product, store, technology or even an artist or a show in the Midwest that we should include in this series, please let us know about it by contacting: Kheira Issaoui-Mansouri .
A Divvy station in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood: