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Toronto City Council passes Bixi Toronto Public Bike Program

BikingToronto is happy to tell you that Toronto City Council has passed the BIXI Toronto program motion: 33 for and 8 against.

The program is now scheduled to start in 2011 with 1,000 bikes, and will be run by the same people who run BIXI in Montreal.

I listened to the proceedings online (I would’ve watched, but was busy with other work) and tweeted about what was happening @bikingtoronto, and here are the tweets for you… most recent first:

  1. Toronto City Council passes BIXI Toronto program motion: 33 for and 8 against. #bikeTO #TOcouncil about 2 hours ago via Power Twitter

  2. @Dawsonase I think you mean @bikingtoronto, not biketo. :) about 2 hours ago via Power Twitter in reply to Dawsonase

  3. Councillors worried about BIXI money forgetting 1 HUGE fact – doesn’t cost us a penny. Trying to skew facts is bad form. #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 2 hours ago via Power Twitter

  4. Councillor Holyday: BIXI is great, but we can’t afford it. (note to Holyday – city isn’t paying for anything!!!) #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 2 hours ago via Power Twitter

  5. Mayor Miller on BIXI Toronto motion – “this is great, let’s make it unanimous!” #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 2 hours ago via Power Twitter

  6. Councillor Carrol is yelling at Councillor Feldman about BIXI. It’s fun when Council gets interesting. #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 2 hours ago via Power Twitter

  7. Councillor Heaps (chair of cycling committee) supporting BIXI well. Anyone who suspected otherwise is, well, idiotic. #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 2 hours ago via Power Twitter

  8. Councillor Heaps reminds Feldman that transportation staff has been talking to TPA for a long time #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 3 hours ago via Power Twitter

  9. Councillor Heaps reminds everyone that milestones have to be met to make sure BIXI is successful. #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 3 hours ago via Power Twitter

  10. Councillor Feldman wants everything deferred until Parking Authority approached again. TPA already said no. #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 3 hours ago via Power Twitter

  11. Councillor Feldman wants the Parking Authority to have another chance (they already declined) to run Public Bike System #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 3 hours ago via Power Twitter

  12. Councillor Perks: Bixi Toronto costs us nothing, we share in profit, not liable for losses, and own it all at the end. #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 3 hours ago via Power Twitter

  13. Councillor Perks reinforces the point that BIXI Toronto profits shared by city, financial losses not borne by city. #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 3 hours ago via Power Twitter

  14. Councillor De Baermaker asking questions that reinforce the positives of BIXI Toronto. Great job Glenn! #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 3 hours ago via Power Twitter

  15. Councillor De Baermaker makes a great point – City makes loan guarantees to a lot of organizations – never had a default #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 3 hours ago via Power Twitter

  16. Councillor Ootes being a little persnickity about projected BIXI costs. Yeah, I said persnickity. :) #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 3 hours ago via Power Twitter

  17. BIXI Toronto to seek Bikestation sponsors. Won’t interfere with street furniture contract with Astral #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 3 hours ago via Power Twitter

  18. Councillor Ootes re-asking questions others have asked about BIXI. Listen better Case. :) #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 3 hours ago via Power Twitter

  19. Councillour Rae now worried that the TO parking authority will lose revenue due to some bikestations in parking lots #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 3 hours ago via Power Twitter

  20. Councillor Rae thinks that BIXI Toronto bike stations will be “clutter” on the streets #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 3 hours ago via Power Twitter

  21. Councillor Holyday is worried about a few parking spots going missing to hold 1,000 bikes #TOcouncil #bikeTO about 3 hours ago via Power Twitter

  22. Listening to BIXI Toronto City Council discussion. Councillors asking questions obviously don’t read supporting docs about issues? #BikeTO about 4 hours ago via Power Twitter

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