Toronto to get Bixi?
The Public works and Infrastructure committee of the city council of Toronto will vote on April 20 to accept the deal that the city staff had negotiated with the Bixi.
If the vote is passed, 1000 new Bixi’s will be rolling on the streets of Toronto in the summer of 2011.
In reading this document, some interesting details come out:
- For a project of 1000 bikes and 80 bike stations, an initial outlay of 4.8 M$ is necessary. Montreal spent 15 M$ for 3000 bikes in phase I plus another 7 M$ for 2000 extra bikes in Phase II
- The yearly operating costs are anticipated to be 1.2M$. I think Montreal’s 15 M$ and 7M$ include the operating costs.
- Approximately 1% of bikes are expected to be vandalized beyond repair per year. Montreal’s first year number was 125 bikes (phase I, in Montreal had 3000 bikes = 4%)
Numbers for Montreal’s first year of operation:
- 11000 subscribers * 78 $ = 858,000$
- 113000 single day users * 5$ = 565,000$
- Usage costs = ?? (no info about this)
- 60% of the single day users were tourists!
As far as I know, this kind of information is NOT available to the public in Montreal. Generally you have to go the the council meeting to look at a binder that has the information. There is no web site that archives this material. You need to file an access to information request to get it.
Update May 15, 2010 – Bixi approved for a 2011 launch!