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Ottawa 4 - Bixie Coin-operated Bike Rental

Totally grabbed my attention. A coin-operated system for renting bikes. Cool!

On the right hand side of the bike stand was a park, and this "clown" was having fun on the fountain. There are many eccentric types like that wandering around Canada. Particularly in Vancouver, BC. So felt like "home" when I saw him. I had been sitting on a bench across from the fountain relaxing in the sun, when he made his appearance.

I had to take this one as it reminded me of the Phil&Rel Forum at Frihost.

5 blog comments below

I really like the rental bike idea/system. It's too bad it doesn't work in a lower population city with a more spread out geography like here.
Ankhanu on Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:49 pm
How does it work and how much does it cost? What if you don't bring the bike back?
darthrevan on Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:32 pm
i'm also eager to know that.
How it was working?Cost?
cybersa on Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:37 pm
Very cool, Dean. Now, you just need to figure out how to remove the GPS from inside the frame of the bike.
standready on Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:41 am
Here is an FAQ Website of how Bixi works:

I was wrong in thinking it was a coin system. It works electronically through a code system. One apparently has to get a code from a pay station. And I imagine when one registers for the code they probably ask for proof of ID etc. That way I doubt the bike could be stolen. If the bike is not returned within 24 hours, then it would be considered stolen.

As far as I can see Bixi has been created for short trips. So the fee structure is to encourage frequent use for short periods of time. The longer the period of time the more expensive it becomes. Looks like about USD 10 for the first hour. 20 USD for two hours and 30 USD when one goes over 2 hours. Lots of math involved.

If I had stayed longer than three days in Ottawa I'd have considered the service. But I was really pushed for time. So haven't personally been through the how-to learning curve.
deanhills on Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:14 am

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