Last night I had quite the adventure with a BIXI bike.
It wouldn't lock into any bike dock. I tired the NINE empty ones and no go.
Luckily, I wasn't far from my boyfriend's so I went to his place to call the BIXI hotline. Yes, I don't have a cell phone; that's another story.
Spoke with Jonathan who assured me everything would be fine. He contacted a technician who arrived at the BIXI station 5 minutes later. He wasn't able to work his magic to get the bike locked so he hauled it into his truck.
I checked my BIXI account and all is fine.
What's a BIXI bike?
It's a bike that's part of a public system that allows you to travel in parts of Montreal from one BIXI station to another. You can learn more here : http://montreal.bixi.com/rolling-with-bixi/how-it-works.
I have the 1-year subscription since I wanted to use it to get to my boyfriend's place after work. I often had to wait 10-15 minutes for the bus and realized I could probably bike down to his place faster. This year they haven't set up a BIXI station at the métro stop I get off though. So, I get off one stop earlier and bike it down.
I am even thinking of using the bike in the morning, great easy way to get some exercise in.