At the beginning of May Toronto unveiled the new Bixi rental scheme, hoping to join the ranks of global cities that already have extensive bike rental networks. However, Bixi doesn’t seem to be as user-friendly as those encountered elsewhere. It’s pretty expensive and there’s only 1000 bikes, all within a narrow downtown core (meaning: they can be rented and returned only there; 30min riding limit).
It’s not the choice most would make, especially given the already existing problems with Toronto’s bike infrastructure.
So firstly the city needs to improve the cycling framework and address the gaps in the existing network, in order to be able to accommodate the already large volume of regular cyclists and the new rental population.
Last year we heard proposals for a bike lane network, given the need for a continuous bicycle system in the downtown core. But the plan appears to have halted right from the onset with different proposals trumped.
Spacing Toronto Magazine reckons that this plan attempts, but comes up short in solving one of the greatest deficiencies in the cycling network — the poor connectivity and discontinuous routes in downtown, which oftentimes start or stop suddenly, forcing cyclists to merge into busy traffic.
The full City of Toronto Proposal
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