Bike Share Toronto has expanded and Torontonians will now be able to rent bikes in 20 of the city’s 25 wards.
This year the program will be making a big push in the suburbs, with two satellite Bike Share pilot areas – one in North York and the other in Scarborough. Each will get up to eight new stations.
“This announcement is most welcome during a time where residents are looking for different transit methods to get around the city,” Mayor John Tory explained in a statement released Tuesday.
“The expansion of Bike Share ensures that people in all corners of the city have access to different modes of transit and are able to take advantage of programs like ActiveTO.”
In recent weeks the city has made a push to expand cycling infrastructure across the city and shut down certain streets on weekends to allow people to get exercise outdoors while properly physically distancing.
Tory said he’s committed to expanding the program so that everyone can have a “clean, green and convenient way to get around our city.”
The expansion of the Bike Share program will see an additional 1,850 new bikes available for rent, bringing the total to just under 7,000. As well, there will be 160 new stations and 3,615 docking points.
Later this summer a new e-bike pilot program is expected to be launched and will feature 300 pedal assist e-bikes and 10 e-bike charging stations.
The lockdown has proven to be really good for bike sharing companies. Never have city roads been so bike-friendly. In the years to come more and more dedicated bike lanes will be set aside for ecologically and health conscious Torontonians.