- Category: Experiences
- Published: Saturday, 05 May 2012 21:00
- Written by Shane Seguin
A journey in Montreal by BIXI. A world class city like Montreal has many methods of transportation; car, bus, metro, taxi. One of the most interesting ways, and most notably, convenient, is the BIXI system. BIXI is a mix of the combined concept of BIcycle and taXI. Simply put, there are over 4000 bicycles across the city, available from about 500 stations. The genius behind it's success is the ability to take a bike from one station, and cycle to another. Perfect for casual bike rides, cross city trips, and tourists. With the huge success of BIXI in Montreal, the system has been installed and imported in cities across the world!
Montreal has developed a very extensive cycling network. Many dedicated bike paths are available, criss crossing the city, as well as segregated divided bike lanes on the actual roads. There are many options in the routes you can take that you are never put too close to fast moving cars.
These BIXI Adventures will showcase over this summer, the numerous paths and trips you can take, with a BIXI bike, in the cities of Montreal and Ottawa/Gatineau.
This report takes myself (Shane) and Ana from the Olympic Stadium to Old Montreal.
Taking the Metro to Pie-IX Station, we emerge between Pie-IX and Viau, to find a BIXI Station waiting for us. Once on our bikes, we head down Bennett street (on a segregated bike lane), towards Notre-Dame. A quick right onto the main bike path network and the real trip begins. This bike path runs parallel to Notre Dame and the St. Lawrence River. The skyline of the Montreal downtown remains for most of the trip, in the distance ahead.
Continuing on, we pass underneath the great Jacques Cartier Bridge, and can gaze across towards Ile Notre Dame and Ile St-Helene, homes of the Formula 1 Grand Prix and parc Jean Drapeau.
The pathway at this time comes to an end and we are returned to more segregated bike lanes along Rene Levesque boulevard. The towering downtown becoming ever bigger as we approach. We pass next to CBC / Radio-Canada. A little while further, we meet up with rue Berri (only 1 block away from metro Berri-UQAM).
Turning left, we make the final leg of our journey to Old Montreal. PAssing into this historic area of the city and certainly one of the most liveliest, we arrive by the Montreal Science Museum, and dock our bikes at the local BIXI station to complete this first adventure of the year.
This trip had a distance of 9km, with fairly flat roads and pathways. Beautiful sunny skies and warm temperatures round out the perfect day.