Businesses For BIXI Expansion! Sign on to Support
Photo by Mark Morgan.
Toronto businesses see BIXI as an important service for attracting customers and making commuting easier. The undersigned want BIXI stations in their communities and encourage City Council to support a timely expansion to all places where BIXI would thrive.
The demand for BIXI is significant. Given the high level of ridership and demand at the edges of the service area, Cycle Toronto wants to see an expansion across a larger service area.
In the BIXI program’s first month in May 2011, 64,500 total trips were recorded, of which 28,830 were taken in the last week of May alone. By September 2012, the BIXI program reached a major milestone, recording its 1,000,000th trip!
Toronto launched the BIXI public bike system with 1,000 bicycles in a condensed service area. Other cities launched their public bike systems on a much wider scale. For example, Montreal launched with 3,000 bicycles in 2009 and expanded to 5,000 bicycles in the same year. Toronto’s system originally called for 3,000 bicycles distributed between Dupont Street to the north, Lake Ontario to the south, Broadview Avenue to the east and High Park to the west.
The highest usage in the BIXI Toronto system occurs at the periphery, which demonstrates a high demand from Torontonians living outside of the service area. The BIXI program in Montreal experienced the same usage pattern and used this as a justification for expanding the service area. BIXI is ideal for short trips and provides relief to overcrowded streetcars, buses and subways.
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Sign on if you support a BIXI Toronto Expansion! Not a business? Sign our We Want More BIXI petition for individuals.