My Green City Life

Bikes for all in Montréal!
July 21, 2007, 2:47 pm
Filed under: on the town

Yesterday, No Impact Man blogged about a possible bike-share program in NYC, which is interesting because I was just about to blog about the same sort of thing here in Montréal.

A few days ago, a friend and I were checking out some restaurants over on the Plateau and we noticed some folks with green bikes huddled around a kiosk in front of the Mont Royal metro station. Turns out it was a bike-share kiosk! The program is called Bécikvert. It’s not very extensive. They only have 20 bikes and two pick-up spots, and the program only runs until mid-September. However, I think the coolest part about it is that it was put together by the area’s merchant association. I suppose you could say that it’s just a marketing ploy, but I will applaud a marketing ploy that encourages people to get out of their cars and onto their bikes. Besides, it’s way better than putting a giant inflatable gorilla on the roof of your shop.

You can read more about the program in English here.


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