Bixi Montreal is gearing up to expand its network with more bicycles and more docking stations.

The bike renting system also wants to make it easier to access a Bixi without forcing people to sign up for months-long contracts.

Bixi Montreal said Friday that the usage of the system has grown tremendously since its corporate structure was changed in 2014.

Over the next two years Bixi plans to add 1,000 more bicycles and 80 more stations to pick up and drop off the bicycles.

It will also convert hundreds of existing stations so they can bicycles can be rented by people using OPUS cards or their phones in addition to the standard Bixi key.

A sizable amount of Bixi's spending over the next two years will be on refurbishing and replacing existing bicycles.

The total price tag for additional spending on the new stations and bicycles will be $9.5 million.

Since 2014 Bixi has has added more than 2,000 regular users, growing to 37, 620 members of the service.

The agency said the number of trips taken by its users has nearly doubled in the past two years.

Locations for new stations

  • Plateau Mont Royal: 15 (111 existing stations)
  • Ville Marie: 15 (117)
  • Southwest: 9 (33)
  • CDN-NDG: 5 (26)
  • Outremont: 2 (11)
  • Verdun: 5 (13)
  • Mercier Hochelaga Maisonneuve: 5 (22)
  • Rosemont Petite Patrie: 7 (76)
  • Villeray St. Michel Park Extension: 5 (36)
  • Ahuntsic Cartierville: 5 (10)
  • LaSalle: 1 (1)
  • Jean Drapeau park: 1 (4)
  • Roaming corporate events: 5 (5)