Bike Share Toronto

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Bike Share Toronto
Bike Share Toronto logo.png
BikeShareToronto Temperance St at Cloud Gardens.JPG
Station on Temperance St at Cloud Gardens
Overview
Owner Toronto Parking Authority
Locale Toronto, Ontario
Transit type Bicycle sharing system
Website www.bikesharetoronto.com
Operation
Began operation May 3, 2011 (as Bixi)
Operator(s) Motivate

Bike Share Toronto (formerly Bixi Toronto)[1] is a bicycle sharing system located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Created and developed by Montreal-based Bixi in 2011, the system was taken over by the Toronto Parking Authority in 2013 after Bixi acknowledged that it could not pay the $3.9-million loan that it had been given by the City of Toronto. Bixi filed for bankruptcy on January 20, 2014.[2]

The system was rebranded on April 1, 2014, using symbols similar to the 'Green P' logos used by the Toronto Parking Authority to mark the parking lots it manages. The system consists of 1,000 bicycles and 80 stations within the downtown Toronto area, which is roughly bounded by Dufferin Street, Lake Ontario, the Don River, and Bloor Street.

The service is available for use 24 hours a day, year round. Bike Share Toronto is operated by Motivate (formerly Alta bicycle share),[1] which operates bicycle share systems in the United States, Canada, and Australia.[3]

TD sponsorship[edit]

A sponsorship deal was announced with TD Canada Trust in December 2014, which will cover all costs. The support will keep Bike Share Toronto operational for at least two more years.[4] TD sponsorship advertisements started appearing at bike racks in 2015.

Potential system expansion[edit]

An expansion plan for the 2015 Pan-Am games which would see 22 new stations was put on hold due to technical issues.[5] Another expansion plan using Section 37 funds which would see $1.1 million in new stations and bikes was announced with the TD Bank sponsorship in December 2014.[6] An expansion plan with funding from Metrolinx of $4.9 million in new stations and bikes located near transport and high density areas was announced in July 2015, .[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bixi Toronto Under New Management, Now Called "Bike Share Toronto"". TPA press release. Marketwired. March 31, 2014. Retrieved November 2014. Toronto Parking Authority Taps Alta Bicycle Share, Inc. to Operate Bike Share Program 
  2. ^ "Pricing favours repeat users under new Toronto bike-sharing program". The Globe and Mail. 
  3. ^ "Locations". Alta Bicycle Share. Retrieved November 2014. Created in 2009, Alta Bicycle Share is a leader in bicycle sharing systems and is the world’s only company focused on bicycle share management and operations. ABS operates either systems in public-private partnerships with local governments around the globe. 
  4. ^ CBC News (9 December 2014). "Toronto Bike Share gets new life with TD sponsorship". CBC News. Retrieved December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bike Share won't expand in time for Pan Am Games". The Star. 3 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bike Share Toronto sponsor means 20 new stations next year". The Star. 9 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bike Share Toronto to double with $4.9 million from Metrolinx". The Star. 6 July 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Bike Share Toronto at Wikimedia Commons