16 Mar 2011

Toronto to launch bike-sharing program

As the winter draws to a close and spring approaches, many Toronto residents may be thinking about raiding their storage units and grabbing their bicycle to ride to work, school or get in some exercise. But a new bike-sharing program the city is introducing may lead to riders putting fewer miles on them.

The city of Toronto and the Public Bike System Company are joining forces in launching the BIXI Toronto program. The bike-sharing program will kick off on May 3 and will include 1,000 bikes, 80 BIXI stations and 1,500 docking points in the Greater Toronto area.

"The BIXI Toronto program is an exciting new cycling initiative that will encourage more bicycle trips in the downtown core," said Denzil Minnan-Wong, chair of the city's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "It is also a great example of public-private partnership to benefit Toronto residents and visitors."

The program already has more than 1,000 members. Torontonians who'd like to join the program can do so by signing up for a membership through BIXI Toronto's website. The cost is $95 for a year.

Bike-sharing programs have become commonplace throughout the world. In Paris, more than 20,000 people have joined the Velib program since its inception in 2007.  

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