Bixi is nothing if not ambitious. The service is debuting with 3,000 of the specially designed bicycles distributed among 300 closely-spaced stations in its downtown core .But while it was directly inspired by Vélib, the service that started in Lyon, France before moving to Paris, Bixi differs in many respects. Chief among them was a decision by the city to run the system itself, rather than using an outside operator, and to fund it with fees from users rather than relying on advertising.
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