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Bixi Toronto decision delayed until fall

The Toronto City Council Executive Committee has asked staff to do more research on the feasibility of Toronto taking over the Bixi Program… perhaps with it falling under the Toronto Parking Authority of Toronto Transit Commission umbrella.

I have concerns about either of these entities running Bixi… the TPA is very profits-focused, and if Bixi is not a big revenue generator right away, it may not get the attention it needs.  The TTC on the other hand, is tasked with getting people around the city, but they are chronically under-funded and seemingly operationally deficient at times.

The fate of Toronto’s troubled BIXI bike-sharing program will have to wait until the fall, but there are strong signs that the city is preparing to come to its aid.

The mayor’s executive committee voted late Wednesday night to send the matter back to staff. The directions to staff remain confidential, but after the vote public works chair Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong said he is pleased with the outcome.

Full story: Fate of BIXI bikes to be determined in fall – The Globe and Mail.

  • ml

    Bixi needs to be ‘bought’ by the City and expanded. Every other major city in the world is expanding cycling because they see that it is the most cost effective way to move people and not have to spend on roads and transit. Cycling is like a safety valve for road gridlock and overcrowded transit.

  • Tony

    It would be a dream come true if Bixi is inside every Green P parking lot.

  • That would be very cool, yes. :)