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Meanwhile in New York, Bikesharing is all the rage

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 vision. Toronto needs investment in bikesharing.

Go here to learn more about CycleToronto’s campaign to get Toronto politicians to invest in and expand Bixi Toronto.

Infographic via MikeBloomberg.com: Citi Bike: A One Month Statistical Report Card.

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TTC will study Bixi integration

The TTC has taken another step closer to taking over the Bixi bike-share program.

On Thursday, TTC board members approved a motion brought forth by chair Karen Stintz for a report on the feasibility and expected cost of integrating the service.

The board will also request that any decision on the Bixi matter be held off until the report is brought to the executive committee for consideration.

In April, city staff recommended the city take over the program and put it under transit’s wing.

read full story: CityNews

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Man dead after BIXI bike stunt

Toronto police said the incident happened around 3:45 a.m. Monday near Lower River Street and King Street. The man was riding a rented BIXI bike with four of his friends, said Sgt. Jeff Douglas.

“He was trying to do some sort of stunt with the bike, some sort of jump,” said Sgt. Douglas. “He fell backwards. He banged his head.”

The victim, who was not wearing a helmet, died on the scene after his head hit the concrete ground, said the sergeant who called the incident “death by misadventure.”

read full story: National Post.

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It’s time for Toronto to think bigger about bikes

A cyclist rides past BIXI bikes in Toronto on Wednesday. BIXI Toronto Inc. borrowed $4.5-million from the city, and has a loan balance of $3.9-million as of Dec. 31, 2012, according to a city report going before the mayor’s executive committee next week. (Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)

For a city with big ambitions, Toronto often thinks awfully small. Consider a couple of examples from the world of bikes.

Major cities around the world are promoting cycling to get people out of their cars and ease the pressure on public transportation. One way is bike-sharing, letting tourists and locals alike get around town on sturdy, practical, borrowed bikes for a modest cost. You can pick up a bike at one station and drop it off at another. Scores of cities from Dublin to Rio have embraced the system.


Read the full post: “It’s time for Toronto to think bigger about bikes at the Globe and Mail. Beware, they have an annoying paywall.

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How Kristyn Wong-Tam plans to save BIXI Toronto

Developers to cut the number of parking spaces in new residential developments could save Toronto’s ailing bike share program, says councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam. Current city rules allow builders to trade parking capacity for auto share spaces or ring-and-post locks, and Wong-Tam wants BIXI stands added to that list.

In a member’s motion to be heard at city council next week, Wong-Tam will ask transportation services and city planners to investigate the feasibility of expanding BIXI using developer’s money at zero cost to the city. The new stands could be funded out of a pool of money and placed where there’s the most demand for bike infrastructure.

Read the full post: “How Kristyn Wong-Tam plans to save BIXI Toronto” on blogTO .

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