Montreal has had the Bixi bike for a little over a year now, and as a member I find it a great way of getting around the city or even just for a joy ride. Today my one year membership comes to an end (until I renew it), and these are the stats that are in my online account. Although recently I have been angered by the availability of the bikes at night, I still love Bixi. Over this year, I have made 297 trips, totaling a cool 47 hours, and traveling 565 kilometers or 351 miles for you imperial folk. The mileage though is approximate, because it does not actually measure how much you bike, but the time spent biking at an average of 5 kilometers per hour, I figure that I bike faster than that though. Finally we have greenhouse emissions, I would have used 142 kilograms of carbon emissions if i was using a car, and 40 liters of gasoline. Overall I really like using the Bixi bikes, and love the online statistics and thought I should share!
Yesterday I received my Bixi key. Bixi is a public bicycle service in Montreal. So I was so happy to receive my key yesterday, and I biked around and discovered parts of Montreal that I have never been to. As you can see from the stats I drove 39 KM, saved 10kg in greenhouse gas emissions, and 3 Liters of gas if i was to have riden a car for all those trips. If you want to know where these figures are generated from here it is: The distance you traveled is an estimate, calculated using an assumed speed of 12 km/h and depending upon the time of use. Source : Vélo Québec.
The reduction in greenhouses gases emitted is an estimate calculated according to The Urban Transportation Emissions Calculator for a light passenger vehicle, depending upon your estimated traveling distance. Source : Transport Canada, April 2008.
The amount of gas saved is an estimate calculated according to Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE ) norms for tourist vehicles, establishing average gas consumption of 8.5 litres/100 km. Source: Environment Canada.