Montreal has just introduced a ‘pilot project’ that allows people to rent E-Scooters from various points around the city. Ideally these little LIME two-wheelers will be dropped-off at another designated point. Interestingly non-LIME E-Scooters are illegal and uses are liable to be ticketed.
The competition for hop-on-hop-off transport is getting heavy in Montreal. Until you consider the price.
It costs $1 to unlock a LIME E-Scooter, then 15¢ a minute for a total of $10 for the first hour and nine dollars for subsequent hours.
The other new service this summer is UBER’s JUMP electric bike rental. These shiny red bicycles can be seen around the city. Using an app you can locate and rent a JUMP, then drop it of at any point within your service area. The cost of a JUMP is in Montreal is 30¢ a minute. Or $18 an hour; double the LIME price, but you can sit down and drop it off in many more places.
Finally there is the much-loved BIXI bike rental system. With BIXI you use an app to unlock the bicycle then must return it to one of 540 stations. BIXI offers seasonal and weekly packages, as well as a tie-in with the STM bus service. But a straight-up ride costs $2.95 for 30 or fewer minutes, an additional $1.80 for a ride of 30 to 45 minutes then $3.00 for each additional 15 minutes. A one hour ride would therefore cost $7.75 ($2.95+$1.80+$3.00).
While BIXI looks like a clear-cut winner, keep in mind that both LIME and JUMP are motorized. When it comes to BIXI it’s all up to the rider to propel the bike, no electric help.
I think having these options available is great for Montrealers, well, perhaps not drivers. Regardless of electric boosted or pedal-power, one hopes the users of these devices will stay in designated lanes and obey traffic rules. One hopes, but …