Over 100 new stations and 1,200 new bikes are being added to Bike Share Toronto’s network.
Toronto Mayor John Tory announced on Thursday morning that Bike Share Toronto is expanding in 2019 adding a total of 1,250 new bicycles, 105 stations and 2,292 docking points to its network.
With this expansion, the system will grow to a total of 465 stations in Toronto, with a total of 5,000 bikes, and 8,550 docking points.
“We’re proud to support the continuing expansion of Bike Share Toronto so that residents and visitors will have a way to cycle around our city that is convenient. We will continue to push for the expansion of Bike Share to new neighbourhoods because we know it leads to increased ridership and membership for this important service,” said Tory.
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According to the City of Toronto, Bike Share Toronto stations are being placed in new neighbourhoods, stretching out of the downtown core. They will be located as far north as Yonge Street at Lawrence Avenue, west to the Junction and High Park Neighbourhood, and as far east as Victoria Park and Kingston Road.
“The Toronto Parking Authority is pleased to be expanding the Bike Share System once again this year,” said Acting Toronto Parking Authority President Robin Oliphant. “The service is very popular in Toronto and receives great support, as is shown in the increase in membership numbers and number of rides. Bike sharing gives people more options to get where they need to go, allows people to stay active, and creates a more sustainable way to get around.”
In the past 12 months the total number of memberships sold was over 165,000, and the city said that in three years, ridership has grown to more than two million rides per year. This is a 251% growth in the average ridership between 2011 and 2015.
Non-members can buy a 24-hour day pass for $7, and have it all day without overage charges, provided it is docked every 30 minutes.