BIXI, the preferred international bike-sharing system - New York City choses BIXI and Alta Bicycle Share as designated suppliers

MONTREAL, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Ms. Janette Sadik-Kahn, Commissioner of the Department of Transportation (DOT) of the city of New York, announced today that the City has chosen BIXI and Alta Bicycle Share to be the designated suppliers for the development and operation of the new bicycle sharing system of New York City.

This announcement represents the first step towards the delivery of the system, with the parties having first to agree to the terms of the contract.  A major sponsor must also be signed and several large corporations have already displayed a strong interest in sponsoring the new system.  "The conclusion of this contract will also generate numerous orders for our suppliers and the creation of many specialized jobs all across Quebec," said the Mayor of Montréal, Mr. Gérald Tremblay. At present, the activities of the SVLS generate close to 450 jobs in all of the regions of Quebec.  

Entirely financed by private funds, the New York system will be comprised of some 10,000 bikes in 600 stations, constituting the largest bike sharing system in North America!  The addition of future stations, to be added eventually, is also being studied.

"We are delighted with our choice of business partner.  BIXI bikes are well positioned to be rolling in the streets of New York City as early as next year!" said Mr. Roger Plamondon, Chairman of the Board of the Société de vélo en libre-service (SVLS) Even greater news is that the SVLS will also look after customer service (by way of its call center).  Moreover, the needs required by a city of this magnitude, in terms of after sales service, are considerable.  "From a financial standpoint, the closing of the New York contract will consolidate our business plan. This contract will ensure greater stability to our long term revenue while boosting the credibility of the SVLS at the international level. There will also be positive spin-offs for Quebeckers as the Société will be able to maximize services here in Montreal," said Mr. Plamondon.  New York was not included in the sales forecasts of the SVLS, which excluded this scenario for the purposes of being conservative.

The New York contract, facts and figures:

  • Operation of the System: Alta Bicycle Share
  • Supply of System: Société de vélo en libre-service (SVLS)
  • Customer service: Société de vélo en libre-service (SVLS)
  • Technical support: Société de vélo en libre-service (SVLS)
  • Number of bikes: 10,000
  • Number of stations: 600
  • Number of anchor points: 20,000
  • Startup of the service: 2012
  • Operation of service: 365 days a year

THE CITY OF CHATTANOOGA ADOPTS BIXI!
Good news never comes alone as people of the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee will also benefit from BIXI.  The bike sharing system that has seen its day in Montreal will effectively be implemented with thirty stations and some 300 bikes.  The municipality of Chattanooga will adopt the BIXI bike sharing system as a practical and ecological alternative to traditional modes of urban transport.  Once again, this is a confirmation of both the success of BIXI at the international level as well as its dominance over the competition.

BIXI EXPANDS IN LONDON, WASHINGTON AND MINNEAPOLIS
The popularity of the London bike sharing system is such that 2,600 new bicycles have recently been added in the 248 stations, bringing the total number of bikes to 9,200.  The city of Washington, the US capital, also decided to increase its system of 295 bikes to a total of 1,395 in order to meet an ever growing demand on the part of enthusiastic users of the system.  Finally, Minneapolis has also grown with a total of 500 new bikes in 43 stations, bringing the number of bikes in this city to 1,200.

These new contracts are added to the BIXI system launches that took place this year in the cities of Boston, Toronto and Ottawa-Gatineau.

About Société de vélo en libre service
Société de vélo en libre-service (SVLS) is the organization behind the conceptualization, development and operation of BIXI, the very first major bike sharing system in North America.  Dedicated to become a complement to public transport, this service allows citizens to borrow a bike in a station, to travel to their destination and to return that same bike to any other station of the network.

The SVLS offers a high technology bike sharing system.  It operates on three continents in the cities of London (United Kingdom), Melbourne (Australia), Minneapolis, Washington-Arlington and Boston (USA), Toronto, Ottawa, and Gatineau (Canada).  The SVLS also offers concrete solutions in matters of alternative transport as well as operational, technical and consulting services.

About Alta Bicycle Share
Alta Bicycle Share operates and deploys bike sharing systems across the world, allowing individuals to benefit from the advantages of having a bicycle without having to deal with the inconveniences.  Alta Bicycle Share is already responsible for the operation of systems in Washington DC/ Arlington, Boston and Melbourne.

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