July 12, 2019
Scarborough left out of Bike Share Toronto Expansion into New Neighbourhoods
Toronto, Ontario - July 11, 2019 - City Councillor Paul W. Ainslie is supportive of Toronto's Bike Share system and was happy to hear that an expansion was announced today. He was equally disappointed that the majority of Scarborough would not be benefitting from the additional 1,250 new bicycles, 105 stations or 2,292 docking points.
Last February Councillor Paul Ainslie requested that a pilot Bike Share program in South East Scarborough be launched as the program was downtown focussed and did not extend past Victoria Park Avenue. Councillor Ainslie stressed "The Bike Share program is not available to a majority of Scarborough residents".
Creating a pilot Bike Share program in southeastern Scarborough would help contribute to the: reduction of green-house emissions and traffic congestion through the promotion of biking as another form of transportation, promote exercise and healthy living through more accessible Bike Share stations, generate revenue for the City and incite public interest for the program.
Although today's announcement was good news it left Scarborough out. "Great! Why are there none in Scarborough?" was Councillor Ainslie's reaction upon learning the details of the expansion.
Councillor Ainslie will continue to discuss the matter with staff and awaits a report from the General Manager of Transportation Services to include options for implementing of dockless bike sharing technology across Toronto including Scarborough.
With this expansion the system will grow to 465 stations in Toronto, with a total of 5,000 bikes, and 8,550 docking points it's unfortunate that Scarborough would not have benefited as well.
Councillor Paul Ainslie's February 2, 2018 recommendation is here
More information on Bike Share Toronto is available at http://bikesharetoronto.com
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