Bixi announces valet service as new season approaches
Published Monday, March 14, 2016 8:16PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, March 14, 2016 10:32PM EDT
A valet service for bixis?
Yes, you read that correctly.
As the bike-sharing service gears up for a new season, Bixi announced a three-year sponsorship deal Monday with Manulife insurance.
Bixi clients will be offered valet service at festivals and events, facilitating the sign-in and return service.
At a news conference Monday at city hall, board director Marie Elaine Farley said they want to add on to the success of Bixi's last season by offering more personalized service, including a new app, to attract more riders.
Ridership was up by 9.4 per cent last year - a success the often troubled company hopes to build upon.
Mayor Denis Coderre said the $2.9 million earmarked for 2016 is money well spent.
“$2,926,000 per year, and it's clearly not an expense, it's an investment. We've been saying that it's a service, now that we've taken care of governance and everything is truly transparent, I think we're just showing we have an organization that's pretty healthy,” he said.
Workers will be setting up the stations starting March 24. The season kicks off on April 15.