TORONTO’s Bike Share system is expanding. 70 new pickup and drop-off stations will soon appear near subway and streetcar stops, boosting the total to 270. The system recorded its highest-ever daily ridership – 6,490 – on June 21 and has now grown to 9,500 active members.
The new stations will allow Bike Share to reach the Scarborough and Etobicoke boundaries, but there’s still a long way to go. “I believe that the program represents part of the answer to the transit unfriendly development of yesteryear,” said Mayor JOHN TORY
The days of nonchalantly parking in bike lanes may be coming to an end thanks to TORONTO’s Police Service. Three Bike Lane Enforcement officers are now on the road, handing out $150 tickets for lane blockers. The cycling community, which is growing rapidly, has been complaining for some time about parked vehicles forcing cyclists into busy streets. Officer Erin Urquhart hopes to educate drivers “that pulling over for a coffee really isn’t worth $150.”