Put a bike and a taxi together and what do you get? A bixi. You buy a $95 yearly membership and insert your access token into any of the 80 bike docking station across the city and presto you have a bike for 30 minutes. But you don’t necessarily need to have a membership because bixi accepts credit cards too. It sounds like a good idea but the problem of bikes and motorists still remains a contentious subject. The program has been very successful in Montreal where it was first launched with very little complaints. For sure you will save on bus fare and taxi fares so why not? Just think of how much you can help to reduce your carbon footprint. I think it is a really good idea for tourists as well –what better way to see the city. I can’t see myself doing it personally just because the traffic downtown is wicked. I know of someone, a writer in fact, who was knocked off of his bike when someone threw open their car door as he was passing by. He couldn’t write for several months because both hands were in casts — a writer’s worst nightmare. So while I have to invest over $100 for a metropass a month as opposed to $60 or so for a bixi membership, I guess I will be one of the few who won’t be able to take in the scenery, get some fresh air and get some exercise all at the same time. Instead I’ll be slumped in my subway seat enjoying the scent of stale recycled air.
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