Cycle Toronto Launches Businesses for BIXI Expansion Petition
Submitted by Jared Kolb on 4 April, 2013 - 09:03
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 where BIXI would thrive.
The demand for BIXI is significant. Within a year and a half of launching BIXI Toronto, the program reached a major milestone, recording its 1,000,000th trip in September 2012. 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. Toronto businesses are now joining the call for expansion.
“BIXI is now a key component of Toronto’s transportation system, as more people choose to live without a car and depend on a wide variety of mobility choices for live, work and play,” said Kevin McLaughlin, President and Founder of AutoShare. “BIXI provides a convenient, low carbon, healthy alternative that people can easily combine with the TTC, taxis, walking and carsharing during their day. It’s time to expand the BIXI system; it’s hard to imagine a city anywhere that doesn’t want to have a big BIXI bike share system, like not wanting wheels on your luggage.”
“The BIXI system is a great asset to our two locations with BIXI access,” commented Barry Alper, Business Manager / Partner from Fresh Restaurants. “BIXI reduces the stress of parking and riding to both locations. Now if the city could only expand the network to our Ossington location, and soon to be opened Eglinton location, Fresh would much appreciate this worthwhile investment.”
Toronto launched the BIXI public bike system in 2011 with 1,000 bicycles in a limited 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. New York will launch their Citi Bike program with 5,500 bicycles in May, with a commitment to expand the system to 10,000 bicycles. 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. Expansion is crucial to the success of the BIXI program.
“BIXI is ideal for short trips and provides relief to overcrowded streetcars, buses and subways,” said Jared Kolb, Executive Director of Cycle Toronto. “Given the high level of ridership and demand at the edges of the service area, City Council must invest in a significant expansion of the network.”
Does your business or BIA support the expansion of the BIXI program? Sign on here.