BIXI is slated to launch in Toronto on May 3 with 1,000 bikes spread out over 80 stations. While we’re all for bringing the Montreal bike-sharing company to the city’s congested streets, the initial offering is a little limited. All 1,500 docking stations are confined to the area between Bloor, Spadina, Queens Quay and Jarvis Street, with a pair of outliers at Jarvis on Queen Quay and in Kensington Market.
For the uninitiated, BIXI is simple to use: it takes a small credit card payment to unlock a bike, which can be procured for a one-time fee of $5 for 24 hours or $12 for 72 hours (monthly and yearly subscriptions are also offered at $40 and $95, respectively). Considering the program’s success in Montreal—with 400 stands and 5,000 bikes scattered across the city—we’re hoping BIXI Toronto takes hold among the city’s commuters as the warmer weather rolls in. Of course, real success might require that the operation expands to include other Toronto neighborhoods. We’re pretty sure the latte sippers in far-flung boroughs like Trinity Bellwoods and Leslieville like to ride bikes, too.