May 18, 2011

OTTAWA, May 18 /PRNewswire/ – The Capital BIXI bike share service officially kicked off today. Residents and
visitors in the core of Canada’s Capital will have 24/7 access to 100
bikes located at 10 stations in downtown Ottawa and Gatineau.

“The National Capital Commission (NCC) is proud to add another important
building block to the cycling infrastructure in the core of Canada’s
Capital,” said Marie Lemay, Chief Executive Officer at the NCC. “The
NCC has been in the cycling business for over 40 years. We’ve come a
long way since the early 1970s and we want to go even further. The
Capital BIXI service not only represents a means of active
transportation but also a means to build a greener Capital for all to

“The purpose of the program is to provide immediate access to public
bikes as an alternative mode of transportation,” said Alain Ayotte,
President at the Public Bike System Company. “The BIXI bikes are
designed to complement public transit, and as such, they are intended
for one-way trips of less than 30 minutes. At the end of the trip, the
bike can be dropped off at any of the 10 docking stations. We’re
convinced local residents and tourists will quickly embrace Capital


The NCC and the Public Bike System Company are proud to welcome TELUS as
the major sponsor of the Capital BIXI bike share service.

“TELUS is thrilled to help bring easy, accessible and economical bike
sharing to Canada’s Capital Region with Capital BIXI,” said Michael
Sangster, Vice-President at TELUS. “Support for healthier cities is an
important part of TELUS’ ‘give where we live’ philosophy, which our
team members live every day.  Initiatives like the Capital BIXI bike
share further our mission by giving Canadians an opportunity to be good
stewards of the environment while staying active in our day to day

The NCC is pleased to announce that Public Works and Government Services
Canada will be adding a station to the Capital BIXI network. The NCC is
also in discussion with Environment Canada for stations at their
buildings. The NCC looks forward to the participation of public and
private organizations who are interested in providing the bike share
service to their employees and their partners.

The NCC, the City of Ottawa and Ville de Gatineau continue to partner on
significant cycling initiatives in Canada’s Capital.


Regular users can purchase a monthly ($28) or yearly ($78) Capital BIXI
subscription which entitles them to a BIXI-key. Members then use their
BIXI-key to take out a bike at any station in the network. Non-members
can purchase a 24-hour pass ($5) or a 72-hour pass ($12) directly at
the station. Users can take out a bike as often as they like for 30
minutes or less. Fees apply to longer trips, the second half-hour will
cost $1.50 and the third half-hour will cost $3. General information
and subscription details can be found at capital.bixi.com.

The first 100 annual subscribers will receive founding member status and
a distinctive dark purple BIXI-key to access the service. Subscribers
can also take advantage of a $10 discount on a monthly pass, until June
30, 2011.

About the National Capital Commission (NCC)

The NCC is a federal Crown corporation whose mandate is to create pride
and unity through Canada’s Capital Region by making the Capital a
meeting place that communicates Canada to Canadians. As the steward of
federal lands, national landmarks, parks, transportation
infrastructures and buildings, the NCC takes great pride in developing
and planning a Capital that today’s visitors will enjoy and that future
generations will treasure.

About BIXI and the Public Bike System Company (PBSC)

PBSC is responsible for the implementation of the Capital BIXI service
in Canada’s Capital Region. PBSC offers a highly advanced bike sharing
system on three continents, to private campuses and cities, such as
London (UK), Melbourne (AU), Minneapolis, Washington and Arlington


TELUS is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with
$9.9 billion of annual revenue and 12.3 million customer connections
including 7 million wireless subscribers, 3.7 million wireline network
access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 350,000
TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren
Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and
services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment
and video.

For more information about TELUS, please visit TELUS.com. To learn more about TELUS’ commitment to the community, please visit TELUS.com/community.

For more information regarding the bike share service Capital BIXI,
please contact the Public Bike System Company at 1-855-CAP-BIXI  or
1-855-227-2494 (toll free), or visit the website at capital.bixi.com.


Source: newswire

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