On Aug. 15, Marco Mendicino, member of parliament for Eglinton-Lawrence, Toronto mayor John Tory and Annalise Czerny, executive vice president of PRESTO, announced the expansion of Toronto’s Bike Share system.
To assist the Bike Share expansion in Toronto, the Government of Canada has committed up to $4 million through its Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), which will be matched with another $4 million from the city of Toronto. Through this funding, the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) was able to deliver 70 Bike Share Toronto stations in 2017 and is installing another 75 stations by the end of August this year.
In addition to the funding through PTIF, Metrolinx is funding a further expansion of 15 stations through a contribution of $980,000.
The 2018 expansion will add a total of 90 new stations to the Bike Share Toronto network. As a result of the PTIF and Metrolinx contributions, the system will grow to 360 stations in Toronto, with a total of 3,750 bikes, and 6,200 docking points.
“Bike sharing is a great option for transit users, whether they’re travelling for work or for play,” said Czerny. “Metrolinx is pleased to be part of a program that has so many benefits for our customers.”
Bike Share Toronto locations are situated near TTC subway stations and bus stops to enhance Toronto’s public transit and transportation network. In this expansion, new stations will be located as far north as Yonge Street at Eglinton Avenue, and as far east as the Beaches and East York.
More information about Bike Share Toronto is available at bikesharetoronto.com.
More information about the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund is available at infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/ptif-fitc-eng.php
More information about Metrolinx is available at metrolinx.com/en
Photo courtesy of Burke Sasaki.