Toronto’s bike-share is expanding, doubling in size by adding 1000 bikes and 120 docks. Now, more stations will be located close to transit stations and in dense areas. All in support of improving travel options and increasing active transportation. The contract also includes upgrades (via replacement) to the existing station software and hardware.
This new equipment will be supplied by PBSC Urban Solutions, who claim to have 47,000 bikes and 3,800 stations in 15 cities, the biggest being London, New York and Chicago. The company has its origins in Montreal’s BIXI.
“By expanding Bike Share Toronto, residents will have more options to get around the city. More bikes on our streets means fewer cars on our roads, helping to reduce congestion and improve the air we breathe,” said Mayor John Tory.
Vancouver‘s bike-share system is steadily moving forward. A few docking stations are out there, at least one looks permanent (another looks to be for installer training), and one can infer locations in other places.
A founding member discounted yearly membership is available ending June 30. I hear that member packages, including fobs, have begun to arrive.