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… is coming to town next week in the bike theft capital of North America. Inspired by Paris’ Vélib’, Montreal’s new public bike-rental service is already getting some worldwide attention.

The award-winning Bixi bike has a light-weight aluminum frame and will be parked in sleek solar-powered docks, designed by Michel Dallaire. The system is run by a local parking company, Stationnement de Montréal, which owns the patent and is trying to offer it to other major North American cities — including New York, L.A. and Toronto.