Bixi bikes are great, but they can be expensive when you bring them to the Toronto islands. The bikes are a fantastic addition to our city and are meant for short trips between locations. (Here is a link to our More Apps page that includes a Bixi app to help you find stations to drop off and pick up bikes.)
They are not meant to be rented for long periods of time. Many people don’t fully understand the pricing structure and can be very surprised when they get their bill.
Biki Bike pricing
Take a moment to understand the pricing tiers that Bixi bikes use.
When you pay $5 for 24 hour access, this does not mean that you can keep a bike out for 24 hours for only $5. It means that within that 24 hour period you can access a Bixi bike with these additional fees:
0-30 minutes FREE (i.e. return the bike to another bike stand within 30 minutes and you will receive no extra charge. You are free to take out another bike at this time and, if returned within 30 minutes there will be no additional charge. You can do this all day, just don’t keep the bike out for more than 30 minutes at a time.)
If you keep the bike longer than 30 minutes, the following charges start accumulating:
The first 31 – 60 minutes costs $1.50
Then the next 61 – 90 minutes costs $4
Then, every additional 30 minutes costs $8 (ie $16/hour)
So, for example, if you kept the bike for 3 hours, it would cost $5 for the daily rate + $29.50, making your total for 3 hours $34.50.
This posting isn’t meant to discourage people from using the Bixi system – it’s fantastic. It’s just not meant for day trips if you’re on a budget! So before you come to the island, consider your options wisely.