NEWS: Toronto urged to explore dockless bike sharing

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Dropbike (new to Toronto) is dockless, and it’s weird that this is coming up now, only about a year after Bikeshare Toronto upgraded all their software, etc.

The city needs to revisit its approach to bike-share parking, as the bulky stations are taking up too much space, says one city councillor.

Trinity-Spadina Coun. Mike Layton introduced a proposal at Tuesday’s public works and infrastructure committee asking staff to explore the possibility of introducing dockless bike-sharing technology. Currently the city’s Bike Share program relies on the use of large docking systems, which can be a big inconvenience in a city as dense as Toronto, said Layton.

“The stations are big, and that has actually been a barrier to the rollout,” he said, noting the docking stations can be two metres wide and 12 to 15 metres deep.

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