Archive For The “bixi” Category

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

By | February 24, 2014

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

By | January 20, 2014

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!

By | December 9, 2013

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

By | December 4, 2013

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

By | December 3, 2013

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

By | November 26, 2013

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!

By | November 15, 2013

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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City Council votes to save Bixi Toronto!

By | November 15, 2013

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

By | November 13, 2013

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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Toronto nearing deal to save Bixi

By | November 13, 2013

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

By | September 11, 2013

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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The Sun thinks Bixi should “fade away”

By | August 7, 2013

Ahh, the Sun.  The tabloid home of “journalists” who seemingly never graduated high school and therefore don’t know what research, knowledge or irony is. Take for instance this article by Simon Kent that rails against Bixi because it doesn’t make profits and should therefore not be “subsidized” by taxpayers. The TTC does not make a [...]

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TTC rejects Bixi but offers a distant hope

By | July 25, 2013

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

By | July 23, 2013

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

By | July 12, 2013

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

By | July 8, 2013

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

By | July 5, 2013

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

By | July 2, 2013

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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TTC will study Bixi integration

By | May 31, 2013

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 [...]

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Man dead after BIXI bike stunt

By | May 21, 2013

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 [...]

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It’s time for Toronto to think bigger about bikes

By | May 3, 2013

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, [...]

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It’s time for Toronto to think bigger about bikes

By | May 3, 2013

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, [...]

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How Kristyn Wong-Tam plans to save BIXI Toronto

By | May 1, 2013

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 [...]

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Cycle Toronto Launches Businesses for BIXI Expansion Petition

By | April 4, 2013

Toronto businesses see BIXI as an important service for attracting customers and making commuting easier. Cycle Toronto is excited to launch our Businesses for BIXI Expansion petition. Cycle Toronto calls on all businesses that want BIXI stations in their neighbourhoods to sign on and encourage City Council to support a timely expansion to all places [...]

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Bixi Toronto Rates are Rising, but just a little

By | March 6, 2013

We reported on Monday that Bixi Toronto had sent emails out to subscribers with the option of renewing their memberships early to lock in 2012 prices (ie. $95/year, plus tax).  It was not evident then what kind of price increases were in store for 2013. I emailed Bixi and City Staff to find out what [...]

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