Montreal Develops A Unique And Innovative Public Bike System: A North American First

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

first


MONTREAL, June 17 /CNW-AsiaNet/ --


    

    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.






   SOURCE:  Stationnement de Montréal


  CONTACT:  Michel Philibert, 

            Director - Communications and marketing, 

            Stationnement de Montréal, 

            (514) 868-3795, 

            mphilibert@statdemtl.qc.ca



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