BIXI: Montréal's Innovative Public Bike System
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The system they came out with, called BIXI, consisted of technical platforms, bike docks, bikes, pay stations, and backroom software. Being made from recyclable aluminum, the bikes were light and environment friendly. The entire system was solar powered and modular, and thus needed no permanent bolting to the sites. So the dock stations could be removed and shifted from one place to another, as necessary. Another distinguishing feature of the Bixi bike system was that it was Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) enabled. The entire program was modeled to be self sustaining primarily through user fees and membership and through some support from corporate sponsorship
- very different from the advertising revenues-based models adopted by many of the existing public bike systems around the world.
» Study the Bixi public bike sharing system and understand why it is considered
a major innovation.
Design, Technology, Operating model, Innovation, Urban transportation, transportation system, Bike system, Radio Frequency Identification, Sustainable development, Sustainability, environmentally-friendly, Solae-powered, RFID-enabled, Reinventing Montreal
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