BIXI takes gold! The Montreal Public Bike System earns Canadian Public Sector Leadership Award
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“Our system has already been recognized at the local and international levels, but it is particularly meaningful for our initiative and our leadership to be recognized in
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The Public Sector Leadership Awards were designed to encourage and recognize those public sector organizations whose leaders have demonstrated the vision, commitment and capacity to set a new course. They showcase projects and initiatives undertaken by organizations where leadership played a key role in making it possible for major organizational transformation and outstanding performance to occur.
The IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards program recognizes organizations that have taken bold steps to improve
Rio Tinto Alcan, the project’s principal partner
As the project’s principal partner, Rio Tinto Alcan contributes to its financing. In addition to lending its expertise in the use of aluminum, it provided the aluminum needed to build the bikes and some parts of the stations.
“As the project’s principal partner, we warmly congratulate the Public Bike System Company on earning this prestigious award and on the exceptional leadership demonstrated throughout the implementation of the BIXI system,” declared
BIXI is the City of Montreal’s public bike system. With this service, launched in spring 2009, Montrealers can pick up a bike from one station, travel to their destination, and return the bike to any other station in the network. The system now comprises 400 stations and 5,000 bikes deployed throughout Montreal.
BIXI is now part of Montreal’s urban landscape, and the project is a resounding success. Just a few months after the system’s launch, BIXI has more than 10,000 members and more than a million trips have been made.
The BIXI system has already received prestigious international awards. It placed 19th on Time magazine’s list of the best inventions of 2008, took home the gold for best new product in the energy and sustainability category of the 2009 edition of the Edison Best New Products Awards, and earned bronze in the transportation category of the International Design Excellence Award (IDEA).
SOURCE BIXI – Public Bike System Company