There will soon be more bikes for Toronto residents to use for commuting.
On Wednesday, Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and Toronto Mayor John Tory announced that the Government of Canada and the City will be contributing $1.25 million each to expand Bike Share Toronto. The funding will go towards 50 new stations, additionally the City will be contributing $1.5 million to exclusively fund another 20 stations.
Along with the feds and municipality, the province provided $4.9 million to the Toronto Parking Authority in 2016 to double the size of their network, adding 80 new Bike Share stations and 800 new bikes in downtown Toronto, according to a City of Toronto press release.
“In 2016, Council approved a 10-year Cycling Network Plan to connect, grow and renew infrastructure for Toronto’s cycling routes over the next decade,” said Tory in a statement. “The investment our governments are making today to expand Bike Share Toronto will complement that plan and will help Toronto residents who cycle save money, improve their health and wellbeing and reduce congestion in our city.”
— Bike Share Toronto (@BikeShareTO) August 2, 2017
The new stations will be places around the city throughout the month of August, bringing the total number of stations in Toronto to 270 with 2,750 bikes and 4,7000 docks. The new Bike Share locations will be closely located to TTC subway stations and streetcar stops.
“Whether you ride a bike for fun or commute to and from work, cycling is a sustainable, healthy and efficient way to get around,” said Minister Del Duca. “Working alongside municipalities and the federal government, we’re committed to making investments that will make Ontario a safe and attractive place to cycle.”
Bike Share Toronto, operated by the Toronto Parking Authority, now has almost 9,500 active members and served up 1,191,746 rides over the last 12 months, according to the City.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) August 2, 2017