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Bike Share Toronto network about to double in size

A Bike Share Toronto stand near Queen Street West DIANA PEREIRA/CITYNEWS

Toronto’s bike paths are about to get a lot busier.

The Toronto Parking Authority has a new supplier of bikes and stations for the Bike Share Toronto network.

After an extensive tender process, it has chosen PBSC Urban Solutions.

“We had a very thorough and detailed tender process, in search of a company that had the best roadmap for the future of bike share and the best value for our dollar,” TPA president Lorne Persiko said in a statement. “PBSC Urban Solutions was hands down the winner, and we look forward to working with them over the next 5 years as we grow the Bike Share Toronto network.”

The TPA will purchase 1,000 new bikes and 120 new stations from PBSC this year. That more than doubles the number of bikes in the bike share program.

PBSC will also replace the electronic components in the current system, including more than 80 pay stations and 1,500 docks, so that it is fully integrated with the new system.

In July 2015 Metrolinx partnered with the TPA and committed $4.9 million worth of bikes and docking stations to expand Bike Share Toronto’s network.

“We are thrilled to be working with the TPA over the next five years as they expand Bike Share Toronto,” Luc Sabbatini, CEO of PBSC Urban Solutions, said in a statement. “Bike sharing is a fun, green, and reliable transportation option for residents and visitors to get around in this beautiful city. We look forward to leveraging our unique technology and proven experience to do our part making Toronto’s bike sharing program an even greater success.”

PBSC’s systems are used in cities around the world, including Chicago, London and Melbourne.

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