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.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.
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