Toronto’s bike sharing network is doubling in size thanks to a partnership between the province and the Toronto Parking Authority.
The provincial government, through Metrolinx, announced Monday it will spend $4.9 million dollars on bikes and docking stations to expand the program.
— Metrolinx (@Metrolinx) July 6, 2015
Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said this investment is great news for cyclists and the city.
“Expanding Bike Share Toronto will provide more cycling options for people and families to use and to help them stay active,” he said. “With this partnership the size of the current bike share network is expected to more than double.”
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— Bike Share Toronto (@bikeshareTO) July 6, 2015
President and CEO of Metrolinx Bruce McCuaig said it’s a move that makes sense when it comes to the future of the city.
“The investment supports the vision laid out in our regional transportation plan which has, as a key component, providing integrated connections to and from transit stations,” he explained. “Bike sharing is an excellent example of how we can make this happen.”
The new bikes and docking stations will be in place by December 2016 and will be close to transit stations and densely populated areas.
Bike Share Toronto currently has more than 4,000 active users.