In May 2009, Toronto City Council authorized Transportation Services to enter into negotiations with the Public Bicycle System Company (BIXI) to reach an agreement on operating a public bicycle system in Toronto. While there has been no official announcement, or decision made by City Council, reports in the media last week indicate that the program that was to have launched in Toronto in spring 2010 is now stalled.
This exciting initiative would have resulted in the downtown core being blanketed with hundreds of bikes available for public use. Public bike programs are growing in popularity in most other major cities, and would be a low-cost, environmentally friendly solution to solving some of Toronto’s congestion problems. We urge readers to respond to the Toronto Cyclists Union 5-minute Call to Action to help get this program back on track.