BIXI Hits 1000 members - a big push at the end

We can haz BIXI?: Photo by Yvonne BambrickWe can haz BIXI?: Photo by Yvonne Bambrick

BIXI Toronto reached the 1000 member mark tonight - actually at least 1040 as of last count. The announcement took place at the BIXI 1000 Party at the Steam Whistle, where Autoshare helped push it over the top with corporate memberships. The BIXI team had a bit of luck that the numbers spiked a bit in the last couple weeks and helped ensure that the event coincided nicely with this milestone.

We know now that Torontonians are not some alien creatures, they like the idea of bikesharing as much as any other city, whether it be Minneapolis, London, Washington DC or Montreal.

The last milestone is sponsorship. BIXI is most of the way there: ING Direct has ponied up for $450,000 out of $600,000. They are reportedly close in tying up deals for the remaining sponsorship. And every membership over the 1000 can be directed towards the sponsorship requirements. As of tonight that means an additional $4000. It also means the BIXI team will still be showing off the bikes until they are knee-deep in snow (if we get an early November snowfall this year).

Comments

Is that a camera in your pocket or are you just happy to be on a bixi?

Tres bonne BIXI Toronto, Bravo!

Gotta love Fraser!

I know a lot of people put a lot of time and energy into making this happen, including the Bike Union, the City of Toronto (some departments/employees), BIXI and the corporate sponsors (nice Autoshare <3 BIXI ad on the back cover of the latest SPACING), and Herb your coverage on ibiketo.ca has been a lot of fun to follow.

To those entities and everybody else, thanks for dragging this city--kicking and screaming--into the 21st century. I can't wait to see the stations pop up. BIXI in the Junction ASAP!

PS It sounds like the Spring launch has the option to expand on the 100 station/1000 bike proposal, so if you haven't signed up yet, you should--it will help!

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