It snowed yesterday but that will not stop Mr. Montréal from heading out bright and early on Saturday morning for his first BIXI bike ride of the season. BIXI is a bike share service where any adult with a credit card can borrow a bike in 30-minute increments over 24 hours, 72 hours ... or, if you're an addict like my husband, the whole April 15 - November 15 season.
The bikes are mostly available downtown, near the Plateau, in Rosemont Petite-Patrie and NDG. In this region you will be able to find a station every couple of blocks. This covers all of the tourist areas and most of the student zones for the major universities. If you are west of the Decarie (A15), north of the Métropolitaine (A40) or east of Viau, stations are few and far between. Check the map at montreal.bixi.com for details.
(1) Bike "the Main" (St-Laurent) in Little Italy from Beaubien moving north. Stop for coffee or have breakfast at Le Vieux Vélo (59, Beaubien est), visit the Jean-Talon Market to pick up a picnic lunch, then head north to Parc Jarry to enjoy your picnic.
(2) From Parc or St-Denis, head east on Rachel. Explore Parc Lafontaine before continuing east to Parc Maisonneuve and the museums clustered around the Olympic Park (Biodome, Insectarium, Jardin Botanique, etc.)
(3) Explore the wide, treed streets of Mile End and Outremont. There is a BIXI station right outside St-Viateur Bagel (263, St-Viateur ouest). Hint, hint, nudge, nudge.
BYO helmet and be sure to check the tire pressure before choosing your bike (thanks, Stu, for the tip). You don't need a lock because you will be parking your bike at the BIXI station closest to your destination. And if you are planning a bike expedition that will take you out of the BIXI zone, here's a handy list of bike rental companies in Montréal (courtesy of BIXI).
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