Toronto's New Bicycle Parking Initiatives
Unless you're superhuman, biking across the city to work seems absurd. We all walk, bike, drive or use transit to get to work, but by using a combination of the four, we can usually get there a bit more efficiently. Plus it definitely doesn't hurt to burn that lunchtime poutine off.
Luckily, the TTC is slowly making it easier to couple bikes and public transit together. For years Red Rocket users have been able to lock up their bikes at the station and on buses, but many feared damage to their wheels of steel. This is why the City of Toronto has stepped in to open private bike parking earlier this week.
Instead of locking a bike up on public street racks, commuters can now store their bikes securely with peace of mind. The bikes are locked behind glass and under video surveillance. The doors can be accessed by electronic key card 24 hours a day, but staff are only available from Monday to Friday between 7 AM to 7 PM. At a rate of $2/day or $20/month and with an initial fee of $25, the city is starting to shift in the right direction - and I gotta say I love the idea of a bicycle part vending machine and free air pump.
As Toronto Bike Month continues, the city is searching for alternatives in transportation. In an effort to increase the amount of cyclists on roads, the city has released a guide showing citizens how to create their own successful parking. The .pdf includes different types of parking, with general spacing guidelines for various styles of parking. It is definitely refreshing to see the city lead by example.
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