The 2011 BIXI season is ending tomorrow

MONTREAL, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - With a third year of successful service, the 2011 BIXI season will come to a close tomorrow, November 15 at midnight. After that time it will no longer be possible to rent a bike, but users can continue to return them to available stations. Withdrawal of bikes and stations will be carried out progressively in the following days. Cyclochrome will take care of the maintenance of the bikes during winter and will make sure they are ready for next spring.

BIXI and its sponsors, TELUS, RIO TINTO ALCAN, and DESJARDINS GROUP, thank the members and users for this outstanding season and look forward to seeing them next April 15 for the 2012 season.

Current season wrap-up

This season's wrap-up will be available November 18, 2011. Mr Roger Plamondon, chairman and CEO, will be available for interviews.

About BIXI and PBSC Urban Solutions

PBSC Urban Solutions is the organization behind the concept, development and operation of the first wide scale bike-share system in North America, the BIXI. Destined to become a complementary means of public transportation, this service allows citizens to rent a bike from a given station, make their trip and return the bike to any other station in the network.

PBSC Urban Solutions offers a state-of-the-art bike-share system on three continents, private campuses, and cities such as London (United Kingdom), Melbourne (Australia), Minneapolis, Washington and Arlington, and Boston (US) as well as Toronto and Ottawa (CAN). PBSC also offers realistic solutions with regard to alternate means of transportation, technical and operational consulting services.

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T T.A) (NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.3 billion of annual revenue and 12.6 million customer connections including 7.2 million wireless subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 450,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

About Rio Tinto Alcan

Rio Tinto Alcan, as a founding partner of BIXI, supplied the aluminium to build the bikes and certain parts of the station, while sharing its expertise concerning the utilization of aluminium. Rio Tinto Alcan contributes significantly to the community since their headquarters are located in downtown Montreal, over the last 80 years. Through the Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund, the group has supported hundreds of Canadian organizations, including, among others, locally: the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, the foundations of the Montreal University Health Center and of the McGill University Health Center, the OSM foundation, the McCord Museum, the future Rio Tinto Alcan planetarium, the Montreal Neurological Institute, the Montreal Heart Institute, McGill University, Polytechnique and Centraide.

Desjardins Group, major sponsor of cycling

Desjardins Group's association with the sport of cycling is a natural fit. Together, Desjardins and the cycling world promote shared values, like making healthy lifestyle choices, getting active, providing low-cost access to sports activities for everyone and protecting the environment. These are all reasons why Desjardins supports cycling events across Québec for people of all ages through corporate sponsorships and the caisse network. From eco-friendly transportation to family outings, from bike tourism to competitions, Desjardins sponsors more than 60 cycling events across Québec and Ontario. For more information about these events, go to www.desjardins.com/cycling.


SOURCE BIXI - PUBLIC BIKE SYSTEM COMPANY

For further information:

Marie-Hélène Houle
PBSC Urban Solutions
Phone: 514 789-2494, ext. 2053
Cell: 514 567-6287

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