8.6 C
New York
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Home Canadian News Cyclists can now get bikes repaired, but Bixi service may be delayed

Cyclists can now get bikes repaired, but Bixi service may be delayed


Cyclists in Quebec can now get their bikes fixed, after the province deemed bike repair shops an essential service, but those who rely on a Bixi to get around Montreal may have to wait a little longer.

Montreal’s public health director, Mylène Drouin, said Wednesday the city may have to delay the April 15 start date of the bike-sharing service for health and safety reasons during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

She said a decision would be announced soon, and that she considered cycling a safer commuting option than taking public transit.

In a statement last week, Bixi said it was in discussions with public health and that it would be revealing the measures it will take to sanitize the bikes. 

The Quebec government added bike repair shops to the list of essential services April 1.

The provincial cycling lobby, Vélo Québec, had pressed asking the government to make the change, arguing cycling is an essential mode of transportation, and safer than public transit during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Vélos-Roy-O in Quebec City was raided by police earlier this week for conducting repairs on bikes. Days later, the province said it can stay open. (Julia Caron/CBC)

Julien Roy, who owns Vélos-Roy-O in Quebec City, welcomed the change. His store was raided by police for being open on the weekend.

“Bike shops like ours are really there for repairing and servicing commuting bikes, so it’s people going to work everyday; it’s people making deliveries on bikes, so that’s why we need to be available to them,” he said.



Source link

Today news
Today News 1 runs four of the western GTA’s most influential media websites, offering news, food, lifestyle and entertainment coverage for millions to the Golden Horseshoe and GTA regions. The independently-run, online news source was founded in 2019 and specializes in everything from breaking news to food and restaurant, arts and entertainment and lifestyle coverage.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Australian company BHP makes takeover bid for Canada’s Noront Resources

Another Australian company is moving forward with a takeover bid for Noront Resources, with a cash offer for all outstanding and issued shares of the Canadian...

Wildfires in Canada are creating their own weather systems, experts say

A combination of intense heat and drought conditions is causing wildfires in Western Canada to generate their own weather systems, experts say. Michael Fromm,...

To prepare for future heat waves, classify air conditioners as medical devices, UBC expert says

Barbara Reed did everything she could to help Ollie O'Rourke keep cool on a late June evening during the deadly heat wave in...

Well water fears fuel calls to halt proposed bottling plant near B.C. village

Angie Kane knows how important well water is when you live in the heart of dry, rural B.C. For 17 years, she...

Recent Comments