I am proud to share that the City of Toronto and Government Of Canada today announced a joint $4 million dollar investment to expand Toronto's Bike Share System with 70 new stations across Toronto, including 3 new stations in Ward 18! The Government of Canada and the City of Toronto will each contribute $1.25 million towards 50 stations, and the City will contribute an additional $1.5 million to exclusively fund another 20 stations for the Bike Share Toronto system.
In 2016, we welcomed Bike Share Toronto to Ward 18 with 13 stations across our community and today's expansion builds on the continued efforts of our community to support a connected and multi-modal transportation network. Designed to support and enhance Toronto's public transit and transportation network, the new Bike Share locations will be in close proximity to TTC subway stations and stops. Click the image below for a closer look at the expansion locations.
Expanding cycling access and facilities in Ward 18 is an important part of promoting active transportation, attracting new visitors to support our local businesses and is vital to developing a sustainable transportation system. Incorporating cycling into our daily commutes means less congestion on our streets and helps to support positive health and environmental outcomes.
Over the month of August, these 70 new Bike Share Toronto stations that will be put in place across the city will bring the total number of stations in Toronto to 270 with 2,750 bikes and 4,700 docks. Bike Share Toronto, operated by the Toronto Parking Authority, now has almost 9,500 active members and served up 1,191,746 rides over the last 12 months. Riders have travelled a total of 16,847,127 kms since 2011, offsetting 3,200,954 kg of Co2 emissions.
I look forward to working with residents as we continue to expand Bike Share Toronto in Ward 18 and across our city!
For more information on Bike Share Toronto, including a map of the proposed bike station locations, visit http://bikesharetoronto.com.