3 May 2011

BIXI wheels its way into Toronto

Many Torontonians are fortunate enough to have their own bicycles, and because the cost of gasoline has been rising almost daily, more people are taking bikes out of storage units and using them as an alternative source of transportation.

And thanks to a new program that just recently kicked off, bike owners won't be the only ones taking advantage of two-wheeled travel.

The bike sharing program, BIXI Toronto, is now officially available to any and all residents of the GTA, as 1,000 bicycles are located at 80 stations throughout the downtown area. The cost is $40 for a month or $95 per year for regular users.

Gian-Carlo Crivello, director of business development for the Public Bike System Company, recently described the perks of the program and who will benefit the most by taking advantage of it.

"The BIXI bikes are designed to complement public transit, such that they are intended for one-way trips of less than 30 minutes," said Crivello. "At the end of the trip, the bike can be dropped off at any of the 80 downtown docking stations. We're convinced that Torontonians will quickly embrace BIXI."

The love affair for the program may be expedited by rising gas prices. According to GasBuddy.com, the price of self serve regular has risen in the past day for the majority of provinces.

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