Saturday, August 8, 2009

PDP #82: They're YEARS Ahead of Us

Though it was knocked back to the status of Canada's second city back in the 1970s, when the rise of the Parti Quebecois sent many of its corporations and Anglophones down the 401 to Toronto, Montreal is not letting that stop it from being better than Toronto. Case in point - the BIXI system. This pay-per-hour bike-sharing network launched in May of this year, and it's the sort of thing Toronto had better be copying in the near future, if not sooner.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden was singing BIXI's praises in a panel discussion about the City of the Future earlier today; it's just a shame that the weather tomorrow is set to be so damn uncooperative. I wouldn't mind giving it a go.

This particular BIXI station was near the intersection of rue Fabre and rue Jean-Talon, which to my mind was roughly reminiscent of St. Clair West without the interminable right-of-way construction. Of course, it's the Communist propaganda poster on the advertising board that just clinches the whole thing.

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