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BIXI Toronto gets preliminary go ahead

Bixi Toronto has gotten the go-ahead from today’s meeting of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

From the National Post:

A bike share program modeled after a popular system in Montreal won unanimous endorsement from the public works and infrastructure committee today.

BIXI Toronto, which would be run by the same company that operates its Quebec counterpart (pictured above), is set to launch next spring, if it receives approval from City Council. Originally pitched as 3,000 bikes in the downtown, the program was scaled down to start with 1,000 bikes at 80 stations.

Daniel Egan, manager of cycling infrastructure and programs, said the public bike program is designed as a “extension of public transit”.

Users who buy a monthly or yearly pass will have unlimited access to bikes as long as the trips are less than thirty minutes. Tourists can purchase a day pass for $5.

“You want every bike to be used at least nine or ten times a day,” said Mr. Egan. “It’s really intended for the person who comes out of the ROM and rides down to the AGO,” he said.

The “stations” are expected to be no more than 300 metres apart.

More at the National Post

This doesn’t mean that Bixi Toronto will definitely start up next spring… now the issue has to go to Toronto City Council, where we can expect “spirited debate” on the issue.

[photo from the National Post]
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