Montreal develops a unique and innovative Public Bike System: A North American first



    MONTREAL, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Montreal is well on its way to becoming
the first city in North America to develop a bicycle network that helps
address some of the problems related to the ever-growing use of cars in urban
areas.
    With these problems in mind, Stationnement de Montréal created the
innovative Public Bike System (PBS), which it will also manage. The system
includes bikes, technical platforms, bike docks, pay stations and proprietary
software that runs it all. The company has a long history of developing
successful public installation concepts. In 2007, it was honoured with the
International Parking Institute's Award of Merit in the Innovation in a
parking operation category for a "Pay and Go" parking system.
    The design of the physical components of the system was entrusted to
world-renowned industrial designer Michel Dallaire. The bikes feature clean
lines and a sleek look that is carried over to other system components. The
bikes are also notable for their sturdiness and safety.
    "This is a unique concept that will allow any interested city to acquire
a public bike system that can be rapidly set up on their territory with no
technological development or infrastructure costs," said Alain Ayotte,
executive vice president of Stationnement de Montréal.
    Innovation is another hallmark of the PBS. It employs cutting-edge
technologies to their best advantage: the entire system is solar-powered and
uses wireless communication. All the components are modular and require no
permanent installation. With no need for external energy sources, stations can
be installed in virtually any location without incurring expensive
infrastructure work. Stations can be set up in a matter of minutes, leaving no
trace of their presence once they are removed. User-friendly, the system
requires only an access card or credit card with no intermediaries.
    "By developing the Public Bike System from a clean sheet, Stationnement
de Montréal is in a position to deliver a high-quality, turnkey product that
has been pre-tested to optimize efficiency, suitable for cities big and
small," added Mr. Ayotte.

    Complete information is available at www.publicbikesystem.com.




For further information:

For further information: Michel Philibert, Director - Communications and
marketing, Stationnement de Montréal, (514) 868-3795,
mphilibert@statdemtl.qc.ca

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