Uber-owned JUMP bikes to make Montreal debut in June

Bixi's time as this city's bikesharing monopoly seems it will come to an end in the next few days.

Uber's JUMP bikes will be deployed gradually "in the coming days" on Montreal's streets, according to a spokesperson from the multinational ride-sharing company.

Montreal is JUMP's Canadian launch city, though JUMP-branded electric bikes are already found in twenty other cities around the world, mostly in the United States and the European Union.

Unlike Bixis, you won't find JUMP bikes at designated docking stands around the city.  Instead, you can find a free bike using the Uber app, and unlock it with your smartphone. 

The bikes also sport an electric motor that can go up to 32 km/h.  While Bixi trialled a pilot project last summer that saw a select few eBikes dotted around the system, they haven't made a return so far this year.

Another difference with Bixi: JUMP will be a lot more expensive.  While a 30-minute trip on a Bixi costs $2.95, JUMP will charge users $0.30 per minute, which works out to $9.00 for a half hour — that's three times more.

The arrival of the dockless bikesharing service, along with upcoming electric scooter service Lime, is made possible by new municpal regulations.  Dockless bikes can only be secured either at standard bike racks or in dedicated parking areas.  If a dockless bike is abandoned somewhere else, the user can incur a fine of $100 to $300.

JUMP bikes will initially be available in "the central districts" of the city, but officials from Uber are reportedly already in talks about expanding to nearby Westmount.

With files from the Canadian Press's French-language service.