Michel Dallaire will design the new bike sharing system

Later this year, Montreal will enjoy the beginnings of a new bike sharing program modeled on Paris’ hugely popular Velib. As we mentioned last fall, the system will eventually include 2,400 bicycles parked at 300 stations across town.

Now it seems that we will not only be able to borrow bikes for a small cost, we’ll be doing so in style. This week, Montreal’s parking authority, which will run the program, announced that industrial designer Michel Dallaire will design the bikes and docking stations. Créativité Montréal has more:

À la suite d’un appel aux designers industriels lancé par Stationnement Montréal, la société en commandite responsable du projet, Michel Dallaire a été désigné comme le plus apte à accomplir le travail, mais surtout le plus expérimenté dans le domaine du mobilier urbain. Son mandat comprend non seulement la conception des stations d’ancrage des vélos, mais aussi celle des bicyclettes elles-mêmes, qui doivent convenir à toutes les morphologies. Le designer s’associe donc au fabricant québécois Devinci.

Le vélo en libre-service existe dans plusieurs villes européennes (Barcelone, Lyon). Celui de Paris a beaucoup fait parler de lui cet été. Autant de réalisations qui permettent aux Québécois de profiter de ces expériences, d’en savoir plus sur les erreurs à ne pas commettre, mais aussi de trouver des idées créatives afin de se démarquer par un style et une technologie qui répondent aux besoins spécifiques du territoire montréalais.

Le vélo de Montréal, aura un style plus contemporain que celui de Paris, affirme Michel Dallaire (le parisien a des rondeurs, une lumière-avant et une couleur un peu rétro). “Et il sera certainement plus léger!”

Il sera donc fabriqué en aluminium, utilisant le moins de soudure possible. Le cadre doit convenir à tous, hommes et femmes, grands et petits, ce qui oblige à des compromis ergonomiques. Les vélos seront fabriqués au Saguenay (du moins, la première série). Seule la quincaillerie est importée. Contrairement aux systèmes européens, les bornes et ports d’ancrage devront être enlevés l’hiver. Ils occuperont dans les rues des places de stationnement.

Dallaire is really leaving his mark on the city: last fall, he was commissioned to design new street furniture for the downtown area. If the benches, lampposts, bike racks and garbage cans he designed for the Quartier international are any indication, we’ll be treated with a bike sharing system that is sleek, simple and beautifully functional.

Velib photo by RuiPereira

5 comments

  1. I love the idea, although I have a feeling it will be extremely difficult to get ahold of one of these bikes.

  2. There’s something wrong with the link for the Créativité Montréal article.

    Otherwise, great news! I’ve got my own bike that I use all the time, but I’ll at least try one of these out. If they really are well-designed for Montreal riding, I wonder if individuals will have a chance to buy them.

  3. My girlfriend and I saw this in action in Paris this past November and were very impressed.

    Let’s hope Montreal takes all the good things from that successful experiment including:

    * rides under 30min free
    * 1$/hour after that
    * tons of stations everywhere
    * bikes in top shape
    * electronic tracking of bikes
    * partnered with the public transit system

    JDubsMontreal

  4. Did this every take off?  I tried to find more info on it but I haven’t seen anything.  I was thinking about being the lead on doing the same thing down here in Southern California, but I need more definitive proof that the demand is there to be able to get a grant.  Send me what you have if you are able.

    Matt

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