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JOB POSTING: General Manager – Toronto Bike Share at Alta Bicycle Share

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Well, this is COOL.  Want to run Toronto’s bikeshare?  Here is your chance: About Toronto Bike Share: Bicycle sharing is a sustainable, healthy, and community-based transportation option that enhances urban livability and mobility. Toronto Bike Share will operate with 1,000 bikes and 100 stations in the City of Toronto.  Through contracts with the City of […]

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Bixi in bankruptcy but Bixi Toronto is safe

The good news is that Toronto’s Bixi system will probably be fine. City hall saw this coming months in advance and laid the groundwork for a takeover. The plan is to transfer responsibility for Bixi Toronto to the Toronto Parking Authority, and use money scrounged from the city’s street-furniture budget to keep the system going […]

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Press Release: Toronto saves and expands bikesharing!

Yay!  The official City of Toronto press release about the saving (and future expansion) of Bixi (or whatever it will be called going forward).  ”We are pleased to announce that the City of Toronto will be keeping the bike share program operating for our customers,” said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, chair of the City’s Public works and Infrastructure […]

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City will take over Bixi bike-share program

Something that was known, but the official announcement is nice.  Long live Bixi (or whatever it’ll be called)!! The city will take over the Bixi bike sharing program, councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong said at Toronto city hall on Wednesday. “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride,” he told reporters, quoting John F. Kennedy. […]

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The future of Toronto’s Bixi bikes

Great write-up by Spacing on the saving and future expansion on Bixi Toronto: Bixi has been granted a reprieve by council, after a motion passed unanimously to save the program. The vote united councillors of every political stripe, with representation from every geographical corner of the city. The plan is not only to save Bixi, […]

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Toronto turns management of Bixi over to Portland firm

Bixi Toronto will be administratively under the Toronto Parking Authority, but managed by Portland’s Alta Bicycle Share. Toronto’s plan to save Bixi transfers the bike-sharing program to the Toronto Parking Authority, turns over management to a Portland-based firm  and uses money from Astral Media that was going to be spent on public toilets, the National Post has […]

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City Council votes to save Bixi Toronto!

Great bike news came out of the Rob Ford debacle at City Hall yesterday…. not only has Council agreed to sustain Bixi Toronto (possibly running it via the Toronto Parking Authority), but making changes to development bylaws that allow Section 37 funds (the money that condo developers pay the city to exceed height restrictions) to […]

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Toronto nearing deal to save Bixi

Good news for Bixi: The city government and Bixi have resurrected a deal to keep the troubled bicycle-sharing service alive — a deal that may involve a $5 million toilets-for-bikes trade.“I’m extremely optimistic,” city cycling manager Daniel Egan said in an interview Tuesday, a day before the meeting at which council will vote on Bixi’s […]

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Condo developers contribute $1 million to Bixi Toronto

Too many politicians talk a good game, but how many actually follow through? Kristyn Wong-Tam FOR THE WIN. If, one day, the Bixi bicycle-sharing program finally arrives in neighbourhoods outside the downtown core, it may come courtesy of a downtown councillor and downtown developers. Playing infrastructure Santa Claus, the councillor, Kristyn Wong-Tam, has persuaded three […]

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TTC rejects Bixi but offers a distant hope

The TTC is in no position to save the Bixi bike-sharing program. But its board has agreed to take another look at the possibility if the city doesn’t come up with another solution. The TTC doesn’t have the cash, the staff or the space to run Bixi, according to a report before the transit board […]

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TTC won’t save Bixi bikeshare program

Citing a lack of “financial sustainability” and “not part of our core business”, the TTC is not going to take over Bixi. I’ll pause here so you can go back and re-read that sentence. … Read it?  Good.  Not financially sustainable?  That’s the entire mantra of the TTC!  Hundreds of millions of dollars flow into […]

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BIXI: It can totally transform Toronto if done right

What can be done with Bixi Toronto?  Just look at New York! In what seemed to happen almost overnight, New York City changed its transportation system as we know it, adding another mode of transportation for citizens and visitors alike to traverse that great city. New York’s bike share system – known as Citi Bike […]

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Why Bike Sharing is worth it

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It would be foolish for Toronto to drain the the tires of its fledgling Bixi program before it really gets going, however. Even if bike sharing has so far failed to live up to the hype of its promoters, the concept remains relatively new and programs are constantly improving. Cities are still testing business models […]

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Bixi Toronto decision delayed until fall

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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 […]

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Meanwhile in New York, Bikesharing is all the rage

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This is what happens when a city, a world class city, truly invests in bikesharing: widescale adoption.  Here in Toronto we’ve had politicians who are scared of the car lobby put in a dinky little Bixi system (1000 bikes) only in the very small downtown area and have refused to invest in it. Toronto needs […]

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