On the last Sunday of the month, from May to October, everyone's invited to take a spin on a BIXI free of charge for the Heart and Stroke Foundation
MONTREAL, May 22, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Next Sunday May 26, Montrealers are invited to take part in the 4th year of "Free BIXI Sundays" presented by Manulife. Not only can people ride absolutely free, they can also take the opportunity to visit a number of museums offering free admission on that same day. What's more, every time a Bixist takes out one of the 725 Heartbeat Bikes, identified by a heart at the front, Manulife will donate $1 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (Heart & Stroke)—up to a maximum of $100,000.
"The 'Free BIXI Sundays' by Manulife are a great way to discover the numerous advantages that the bike-share service offers. With friends or family, #FreeBIXISundays are a perfect opportunity to rediscover the joys of biking and to realize that BIXI is a lot more than just a mode of transportation. BIXI has become a fantastic way of getting around, allowing you to move freely through the city," explains Marie Élaine Farley, Chairperson of the BIXI Montréal Board of Directors.
"This is the fourth year that we've sponsored Free BIXI Sundays, and this year, in order to promote both sustainable transport and health, we decided to add a new dimension by campaigning with Heart & Stroke," says Richard Payette, President and CEO of Manulife Quebec. "You can help us by using one of the BIXIs marked with a heart on Free BIXI Sundays. On behalf of Manulife, thank you in advance for riding for this cause—it's a drop in the bucket that will go a long way when it comes to researching heart disease and women's health."
Live the "Free BIXI Sundays" experience, by Manulife
For the 4th year of "Free BIXI Sundays," you can hop on a BIXI on the last Sunday of the month, from May to October 2019, and ride for free throughout the city. On top of that, BIXI-Montréal has attached themes to its Free Sundays to move people to use its bikes and encourage them to join in the major activities that are part of everyday life in Montreal:
- May 26:Montreal Museums Day (annual free admission day to all museums)
- June 30:Street art (Montreal is a genuine open-air museum)
- July 28:Yoga in the park (an increasingly popular activity)
- August 25:Picnic in the park (a big weekend tradition)
- September 29:Café tour (so many new cafés to discover)
- October 27:Movie nights (free movies for Bixists)
Eager to express its gratitude to the people of Montreal, not only is BIXI-Montréal offering the service for free all day long, but it will have information agents positioned at 40 of the 600 existing bike stations, chosen for their heavy traffic. These agents will be informing and assisting people who aren't yet familiar with the service.
Ride a BIXI to the museum
For this first Sunday, BIXI-Montréal suggests you combine BIXI bikes with cultural discovery offered by Montreal's museums, including a few ideas for some exhibitions that are sure to move you, such as: "Growing Freedom – Yoko Ono's instruction and John's art," presented by the Foundation PHI for Contemporary Art; Château Ramezay's Multimedia Circuit; the "What's That?" exhibition, where the Centre d'Histoire de Montreal offers young people the chance to discover tech from the 1960s; or, lastly, the must-see destination on Saint Helen's Island where you'll find the Biosphere Environment Museum. For the 30 Montreal museums' full program, visit http://museesmontreal.org/en/museums-day-programmation.
An app to plan your "Free BIXI Sundays" right
To better plan out your trips and fully enjoy the activities offered this 4th season, BIXI-Montréal encourages you to download its mobile app, which allows you to see what bikes and docks are available and to rent a bike directly from your smartphone.
BIXI-Montréal offers its sincere thanks to all its partners in this initiative: Manulife (our presenting partner), Rachelle-Béry, LaPresse+ and the Montreal Museums Society.
BIXI-Montréal is a non-profit organization created in 2014 by the City of Montreal to manage Montreal's bike-share system. In 2019, the network has 7,250 bikes and 600 stations throughout Montreal as well as in Longueuil, Ville Mont-Royal, and Westmount. For more information: https://montreal.bixi.com/.
Since its launch in 2008, 1.3 million BIXI riders have taken 38 million trips. In 2018, BIXI set a new record of more than 5.3 million trips, reached an all-time high with 40,000 registered users (surpassing the goal of 1,000 new members per year) and saw a 220% increase in use over the last five years.
About Heart & Stroke
Life. Don't miss out. For this reason Heart & Stroke leads the fight against heart disease and stroke. We need to spur on the next medical breakthroughs so that the people of this country don't miss out on precious moments. Together, we promote health, save lives and support recovery through research and promotion of health and public policies.
SOURCE BIXI Montréal
For further information: Sophie Des Marais, Sophie Des Marais Communications, 1-514-234-4736