Popular in Europe and Montreal for a longtime, BIXI Bike stations are now appearing on TORONTO’s downtown streets. From the waterfront to Bloor, and from Spadina Avenue to Jarvis Street, there’ll be 1000 bikes available at 80 pick-up stations – none of which are more than 300 metres away from each other. Once you’re a member of the program, renting a bike is easy.
Check the website for details: http://toronto.bixi.com
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Walking in a southerly direction from City Hall, you enter Canada’s Wall Street. This is the land of banks, finance companies, the TSX – Canada’s largest stock exchange, the Design Centre, the PATH underground shopping tunnels, light filled plazas, some of our city’s finest restaurants, bars and hotels, business clubs, deco architecture and the ferry docks.
Like Wall Street, it’s a fun area to explore, especially on weekends when the streets are quiet.
There are at least two of them. One is under Queen Street West, built in anticipation of a Queen Subway. The other lies beneath the intersection of Bay Street and Bloor West. The Toronto Transit Commission calls it BAY LOWER. Opened in 1966, the platforms were used for only six months as part of a subway Y-interchange plan – which didn’t work. Now it’s used for storage, or rented out to movie companies.
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