LocoMotion: Redesigning neighbourhood mobility through sharing

Last updated June 11, 2021
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LocoMotion is a digital platform that facilitates bike and car sharing in Montréal’s neighbourhoods. Its objective is to reduce our dependence on individual and polluting methods of transportation and make our neighbourhoods pleasant places to live.

Facilitate vehicle sharing among neighbours

The LocoMotion platform, which was developed by the non-profit organization Solon with the city’s support, facilitates vehicle sharing with neighbours while improving neighbourhood life. In just a few clicks, you can reserve and borrow an electric bike, a bike trailer or a cargo bike, or rent a neighbour’s car. You can also use LocoMotion’s zero-carbon vehicles to transport everyday bulky objects from one neighbourhood to another.

Registering to use LocoMotion is free of charge, and no subscription is required. Borrowing a car is the only paid service: The price is equivalent or lower than that of a car-sharing service. For the time being, LocoMotion is accessible in certain areas of Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Plateau-Mont-Royal, Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Sud-Ouest, Verdun, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension and Ville-Marie.

Revisiting the car’s role in public space 

LocoMotion aims to encourage neighbourhood mobility. It’s a way of revisiting the way we travel to pollute less. By sharing cars and bikes, we are helping to reduce the impacts of our transportation on the planet. Car sharing reduces the use of cars by 40 to 60 per cent (in French). In Québec, it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 1.2 tonnes per user. 

By reducing our dependence on solo cars, we are reducing the need for parking spaces. The space that is freed can be used for developments that make the neighbourhood more enjoyable. 

LocoMotion is a resident project that was designed by taking neighbourhood needs and realities into account. By promoting public participation, the city wants to stimulate innovation and creativity to find solutions to urban issues. 

Join your neighbors. Take part in your neighborhood’s life by moving around in a different way!

It’s time to act together to change our habits, create ties, build solidarity and take a step towards socio-ecological transition, together, in our neighbourhoods.

Montréal in Common

Montréal in Common is an innovation community led by the city. Its partners are experimenting with solutions to food access, mobility and municipal legislation with a view to redesigning the city. Montréal in Common projects are made possible by the Government of Canada as part of the Smart Cities Challenge.