Recently, Toronto celebrated the opening of our first Bicycle Station. Located within Union Station, the bicycle station offers secure bicycle parking, changing areas and a vending machine that dispenses tire tubes for flat repairs.
The $400,000 Union Station facility is considered a pilot, the prelude to a bigger bike station to be built at City Hall next year that will accommodate up to 400 bikes.
But no sooner had it opened on May 26 than the strike hit, shutting it down for most of the summer. And then there’s the location and signage – photocopied pages directing cyclists to it are taped to the corridor walls.
The station will get better signs once it has moved to the east side of York St. this winter.
But even that spot is temporary. Union Station reno plans call for the bike station to move up to Front St. in a couple of years. It was always conceived as a street-front operation, said Sean Wheldrake, Toronto’s bike promotions coordinator.
The benefits of an individual membership include:
- 24-hour secure bicycle parking (card entry)
- Access to showers and lockers at a location nearby
- Use of the shared bike program (see terms)
- 10% off bicycle parts and accessories (at participating local bike shops)
- Bicycle Station t-shirt, free bike map, Dandyhorse Magazine, and Momentum Magazine