June 22nd, 2009
An open letter to Mayor David Miller, Toronto City Council,
and the Citizens of Toronto
Dear Mayor Miller, Council and Constituents,
As the City embarks on many projects to promote cycling as a viable commuting tool, one of the most important measures to be taken is the implementation of a Public Bicycle Sharing System. As you may be aware, a Request for Expressions of Interest to implement such a system was released on April 17, 2009. Public Nature Corporation, (“PNC”), a Toronto-based company, was one of two proponents to submit an Expression of Interest.
Within mere days of receipt of the two Expressions of Interest, a decision was made by the City to consider only a single formal bid to provide the system (obviously not PNC’s). Now, notwithstanding PNC’s obvious bias in this matter, it is patently clear that this decision will lead to an uncompetitive bidding process; leaving the city with virtually no option but to select the sole bidder as the winning bidder.
On July 6, 2009, City Council is to vote on a resolution granting the City’s Transportation Services the authority to enter into negotiations with the sole bidder. At this session of council, we strongly urge you to remedy this egregious situation by instructing Transportation Services to also consider a formal bid from the only other proponent to submit an Expression of Interest – if only to ensure that the proponent that ultimately wins the tender provides the best possible solution at no cost to the City. Indeed, moving forward without a competitive bidding process would, at least in our view, be highly irresponsible on the part of the City and possibly contrary to its well-established protocols with respect to the tendering process.
Thank you for your consideration of this request; we look forward to the opportunity to submit a formal bid to provide a Public Bicycle Sharing System to the City in the context of a transparent and competitive tender process.
Matias Marin, Stephen White,
CEO & Director President & Director
1139 College St