The lowdown on BIXI station relocations
A few weeks ago we reported that BIXI was set to move some stations outside of the original boundary. At the time, the bike-sharing company had revealed some of the locations to be moved, but not where they would end up. That's changed today, as BIXI updated its website with the new station information.
Here are the relocations:
Although the relocation of some of these stations will surely inconvenience a small group of people, taken as whole, the expansion of the system is a most welcome development. The move westward further into the Annex just makes sense, as does having a station by the Distillery District.
In addition to the relocation of these stations, BIXI will also expand the dock at Phoebe Ave and Spadina avenues. Because the reason cited for the relocation efforts has to do with snow removal, all of the work is expected to be completed by the end of next week. As I said last time, though, one hopes that the bike-sharing program will study the changes and consider the keeping the system in this expanded state on a permanent basis.
What do you think of the changes? Is there an area in the city that you think could desperately use a BIXI station that doesn't have one?
Update (3:40 p.m.):
Snow removal isn't the only reason the stations are being moved. According to a press release, "BIXI Toronto worked closely with its partner, the city of Toronto, to study the performance of each station and decided to relocate stations with a low level of use to busier locations....These relocations will allow users to benefit from a larger service area."
Also worth noting from the press release is that BIXI is now up to 3936 members. That's not bad for a service that's only 6 months old.
If you want to check out a map of the relocations, check out the Grid's article.
Photo by Martin Reis
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