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
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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