Montreal’s Fancy Public Bike System

by Irma Arkus

Montreal, QC is getting a new public bike system. The kind of system that would really be better implemented as a health care administration tool, I might add.

On the heels of similar programs instituted in Netherlands, and France, Montreal is implementing a Public Bike System which allows for real-time monitoring of number of bikes available, using RFID chips.

Users would be able to check on computers or mobiles for proximity of bike rental depot, as well as number of units available.

Bikes are made with lightweight aluminum frames and solar panels, and equipped with RFID tags and GPS, allowing for real-time updates on their movement and number.

This system is first of its kind in North America. Should pilot project be deemed successful, the potential spin-off applications would potentially change the landscape of traffic and public transportation in cities across Canada.