SJ should look to Montreal’s BIXI- a city-wide bike rental system

In the past couple years, the city of Montreal has joined an international trend of a publicly funded city-wide bike rental system called BIXI. Bike stations are set up at key transportation stops, either for bus or metro, and users just need a credit card or an online account PIN.

BIXI station in Montreal

Users rent a bike from one station and return it at any other station. It’s a great way to see the city and it saves on having to worry about parking a car.
San Jose would be a great test city and the second one to pilot this system in the US after Minneapolis. There is already a large bike community in San Jose and this could be a turning point to pushing the city leaders into taking bikes and bike commuters more seriously. With a system like BIXI, tourists could ride throughout DT without the worry of parking, and with the great weather here in San Jose, the bikes would be used throughout most of the year. Why not take a chance and try something new? Besides, San Jose and the greater Silicon Valley has been built on taking chances.
For more info check out:
BIXI
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bixi

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3 Responses to SJ should look to Montreal’s BIXI- a city-wide bike rental system

  1. Jon says:

    I really like this idea. I was just in Dijon France and Brussels Belgium and they have these things everywhere. I didn’t know if they were publicly or privately funded but I thought it would be a great idea for SJ or the bay area in general.
    I totally agree with this idea.

  2. Peter Smith says:

    they run Bixi systems in DC and now Boston, too.

  3. Good news, we’re getting 10 bike-sharing stations in Downtown San Jose in 2012. Not city-wide, but at least it’s a start.