Bixi is a bike sharing network that was piloted in Toronto last summer, and was so successful that they are now permanent fixtures in the city. Currently there are 80 stations and over 1000 bikes.
Developed in Montreal and used in Boston, London, Melbourne, Minneapolis, Ottawa/Gatineau, and Washington, D.C./Arlington, a complete station is made up of a pay station, bikes, and bike docks, which are fitted into modular platforms that are powered by solar panels.
Users can rent a bike using a subscriber key — a.k.a a “Bixi key” — obtained through a monthly or annual subscription, or a 24 hour access code provided by the touch screen operated pay stations. As of now, they only accept credit cards. A button is used to notify Bixi mechanics of defected bikes.
Bixi has provided a healthy, and environmentally friendly alternative to getting around the city and if you don’t own a bike, why not rent one!? I use the system all the time, and love it.