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E-bikes join Montréal's public bike-share network

PBSC Urban Solutions and Bixi Montréal are teaming up in a pilot to provide Montréalers with the electric pedal-assist E-Fit bikes.

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Montréal has the second largest bike-share network in North America
Montréal has the second largest bike-share network in North America

Montréal’s public bike-share scheme, Bixi Montréal, and PBSC Urban Solutions have partnered to introduce PBSC’s e-bikes into its fleet.

 

As part of a pilot project that will run until mid-November, 120 E-Fit electric pedal-assist bikes will be added to its bike-share network.

 

Removing barriers for cities

 

According to PBSC, it designed the E-Fit to fit ‘seamlessly’ into existing public bike-share systems, removing barriers for cities and operators that want to offer mixed fleets.

 

They use the same locking mechanism as the Iconic bikes already used in Montréal and can be docked at any station in the network. Bixi members and casual riders can still rent their bike at a station or through the dedicated mobile app.

 

“We’re proud to be one of the first bike-share companies in the world to include PBSC’s E-Fit in our fleet. Over the past 10 years, BIXI has continued to innovate, offering its customers a service and product that far exceeds their expectations,” said Christian Vermette, CEO of Bixi Montréal.

 

“The proof is in the numbers: daily trips are up more than 15 per cent once again this year. Our close collaboration with PBSC is undoubtedly one of the main factors behind this success.”

 

The E-Fit’s central motor can propel riders up to 32km/h and on a full charge has an autonomy range of up to 70-km and offers three-speeds for “maximum rideability”.

“Montréalers are bike-share pioneers; in the past decade they have repeatedly shown their dedication to this alternative form of transportation”

When combined with PBSC’s E-Station, the fully integrated battery starts charging the moment the bike is docked. For the pilot project, PBSC said its team will be responsible for recharging the E-Fit batteries with its convoy of vehicles and in its warehouse.

 

“Montréalers are bike-share pioneers; in the past decade they have repeatedly shown their dedication to this alternative form of transportation,” added Luc Sabbatini, CEO of PBSC Urban Solutions.

 

“With the E-FIT, Bixi is once-again proving itself to be ahead of the curve, opting to introduce an e-bike that gives users the option to go further, faster and smarter.”

 

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