Friday, November 18, 2011
Count Your Blessings (Comptez Vos Benedictions)
Oh, goodness. Montreal is wringing its hands over the status of BIXI, the city's shared bike service. It seems that after three years, BIXIs are more popular than ever — but even so, the system has trouble meeting its budget, and vandalism is up.
We cats would like to urge Montrealers to put these problems into perspective. Do they know how many American cities aren't even there yet? Most of America hasn't yet installed shared bike systems, let alone tried to figure out whether they're successful or not.
Nope — we in the U.S. are, sadly, BIXI-less. Which means that our citizens aren't availing themselves of a clean, healthy, pollution-free method of transport. So their problems aren't nearly as advanced as the problems of a city that's BIXI'd.
Therefore, we cats say to Montreal: Felicitations. You may be dealing with stuff that's a pain in the derriere. But at least you have BIXIs.