The BIXI self-serve bicycle system of the City of Montréal won first prize in the “Energy and Sustainability” category at the Edison Awards on April 1 in Mountain View, California. These awards, which are inspired by the famous American inventor, are awarded annually for the most innovative products in North America. The Québec Government Representative in Los Angeles, Denis Turcotte, was in attendance to receive the award on behalf of Mayor Gérald Tremblay.
The BIXI (a contraction of the words ‘bicycle’ and ‘taxi’) project provides Montréalers with over 3,000 bicycles for short-term rental at various locations throughout the city’s central neighbourhoods. System users gain access to the light, sturdy bicycles through a flexible, safe and modern pay station network. BIXI’s transactional system is based on wireless technology and powered by solar energy. When BIXI is officially launched this spring, Montréal will become the first city in North America to equip itself with a self-serve bicycle system of this scope.
Presented as an alternative to automobiles in urban environments, BIXI is one of the measures contained in the City of Montréal’s Transportation Plan. A team lead by Stationnement de Montréal is responsible for carrying out this project created by Québec designer Michel Dallaire.
It should be noted that BIXI was also ranked 19th in TIME Magazine’s top 50 best inventions of 2008.
City of Montréal
Québec Government Office in Los Angeles