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 [1] is a bicycle sharing system located in Toronto, Canada. Launched as Bixi; the system was taken over by the Toronto Parking Authority in 2013 after Bixi acknowledged that it could not pay back a $3.9-million loan from the City of Toronto; and had filed for bankruptcy. [2] Bike Share Toronto is now operated by Motivate,[1] ,which operates a number of bicycle sharing systems internationally.[3]

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. An expansion of the Bike share system launched on June 27, 2016 and scheduled to be completed by July 11, 2016 [4] which was funded through a $4.9 million deal with Metrolinx[5] as well as $1.1 million in section 37 funds.[6] The system currently consists of 2,000 bicycles and 200 stations within the downtown Toronto area, which is roughly bounded by Dundas West Station, Lake Ontario, St Clair Avenue, and Main Street (TTC). [7]

TD sponsorship[edit]

TD logos on bike racks

A sponsorship deal was announced with TD Canada Trust in December 2014, which will cover all operating costs. The support will keep Bike Share Toronto operational for at least two more years.[8] TD sponsorship advertisements started appearing at bike racks in 2015.

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  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  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.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Installation of 120 new bike share stations begins today". CP24. 27 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Bike Share Toronto to double with $4.9 million from Metrolinx". The Star. 6 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bike Share Toronto sponsor means 20 new stations next year". The Star. 9 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Major expansion of Bike Share Toronto Network Starting". Urban Toronto. 27 June, 2016.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ CBC News (9 December 2014). "Toronto Bike Share gets new life with TD sponsorship". CBC News. Retrieved December 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

External links[edit]

Media related to Bike Share Toronto at Wikimedia Commons