Capital Bixi

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Capital Bixi
Bixi logo.svg
Overview
Owner Public Bike System Company
Locale Ottawa, Ontario & Gatineau, Quebec
(National Capital Region)
Transit type Bicycle sharing system
Number of stations 25 (2012)
Annual ridership 44,335 (2011)
Website https://capital.bixi.com
Operation
Began operation 2009
Number of vehicles 250 (2012)

Capital Bixi is a public bicycle sharing system serving Ottawa, Ontario & Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. Launched in June 2009, it is the second Bixi system worldwide after Bixi Montreal.

History[edit]

From June to September 2009, the system was introduced in a pilot study with 100 bicycles at 10 stations. In 2012 Capital Bixi and its sponsors the National Capital Commission, the City of Ottawa, the City of Gatineau, the Canadian Museum of Nature, Environment Canada, and Telus, expanded the bike share system, covered more ground, and offered 15 new stations and 150 new bikes, for a total of 25 stations and 250 bikes.[1][2]

Cost[edit]

There are several different payment options with Capital Bixi. Customers can either become members or pay per use.[3]

Subscription Cost Trip included Additional costs
24 hours $7.00 Unlimited trips. First 30 minutes free per trip $1.25 for 31-60 minute rides, $3.50 for 61-90 minute rides
72 hours $15.00 Unlimited trips. First 30 minutes free per trip $1.25 for 31-60 minute rides, $3.50 for 61-90 minute rides
30 days $30.25 Unlimited trips. First 45 minutes free per trip $1.75 for 46-60 minute rides, $3.50 for 61-90 minute rides
1 year $80.50 Unlimited trips. First 45 minutes free per trip $1.75 for 46-60 minute rides, $3.50 for 61-90 minute rides

The bikes[edit]

Capital Bixi Station

The bicycles are utility bicycles with a unisex step-through frame.

The one-piece aluminum frame and handlebars conceal cables in an effort to protect them from vandalism and inclement weather. The heavy-duty tires are designed to be puncture-resistant and are filled with nitrogen to maintain proper inflation pressure longer.[4] Twin LED rear lights are integrated into the frame, and the robust frame weighs approximately 18 kg. The bikes are designed by industrial designer Michel Dallaire and built in the Saguenay, Quebec region by Cycles Devinci, with aluminum provided by Rio Tinto Alcan.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bixi Project | BIXI de la Capitale". Capital.bixi.com. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  2. ^ "Capital BIXI adds 15 stations, 150 more bikes | | CitizenCycleCitizenCycle". Cycle.ottawacitizen.com. 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  3. ^ "How it works | BIXI de la Capitale". Capital.bixi.com. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  4. ^ Fisher, Jennifer (13 August 2013). "Divvy Bike Sharing May Come to Evanston". Evanston Patch. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rio Tinto Alcan and BIXI: a partnership on a roll" (Press release). Rio Tinto Alcan. 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2009-09-14.