A few years ago, the city began testing out a new bike-sharing program that would let people rent bikes for free, but the idea never quite caught on.
Now, Toronto has announced a plan to expand the program, allowing people to rent bikes free from 10 to 30 kilometres away.
A key element of the plan, according to Mayor John Tory, is that the bikes will be used primarily for short trips between major centres, rather than for more permanent travel.
The city has also partnered with other municipalities to offer free bike-rental services.
The city’s bike-rides are designed to provide short trips by bike between major Toronto centres, such as Toronto’s Pearson Airport, Yonge-Dundas Square and the City of Toronto, and more permanent trips by bikes between other locations, such a downtown mall or university campus.
The program is the brainchild of the city’s cycling commissioner, Peter Wallace, and is set to begin rolling out by the end of the year.
A trial of the system is already under way in the Downtown Eastside, but will be expanded to the downtown core and beyond as soon as the new bike lanes are installed, according the city.
Tory said the program is part of a broader strategy to attract more cyclists to the city, and the city will also be encouraging more people to use public transportation to get around.
The city has launched a website that lets people view bike-purchase options in their neighbourhoods, as well as information about bike share stations and bike-shopping opportunities.
“We want to get people out of the car,” Tory said.
At first, the idea of bike-shared cars might seem a bit of a stretch.
However, the new program is actually designed to make it easier for people to get to and from public transit.
The new bikes are designed with the same wheels and brakes as regular bikes, and will be fully equipped with locks and sensors, allowing them to be easily unlocked.
People can also pick up and drop off their own bikes at any of the station locations.
The stations are also accessible by bike, so if you are walking around downtown and want to drop off your bike, you can.
There will be about 500 bikes in the pilot program.
It will be possible to rent a bike at any station, but only up to a certain number of kilometres, and at no cost.
There are also no restrictions on how many bikes can be registered at a given location.
If you’re interested in participating, you’ll need to register your bike at the bike-station location, which will include a registration and insurance sticker.
There will also need to be a receipt for the bike.
You can also use a smartphone app to check in with your bike and the location you picked it up at, so you can easily share your bike with others.
Tory also said the city plans to use the bike rental service to expand its network of bike lanes in the downtown area.
We want people to come downtown, and we want to make sure that we have enough space to do that, so we’re looking at a network of bicycle lanes around the downtown,” he said.
Troy Gough, a member of the Downtown Bike Committee, said the project is one that could have a significant impact on the downtown, as it would allow people to make shorter trips by car to go places.
I think that it’s going to really be a really positive thing for the downtown to come together and have a bicycle-share system,” he told CBC Toronto.
“It’s going be great to have that in the core, where it’s really needed.”
Gough also said he’s encouraged by the city trying to get the program off the ground.
“It’s really encouraging,” he added.
“I think it’s a great thing that it will be extended to the Downtown core and to the larger city.
That way, people will get to see it and be able to participate.”
Tory noted that the new plan is not the only way to encourage people to bike.
He said the government is also investing $25 million in bike-friendly bike-parks around the city to help people get around more efficiently.
Toronto is also working to make bike-pedestrian infrastructure more efficient.
Currently, there are about 40 miles of bike infrastructure in Toronto.
The City of Canada has also pledged to double the number of bike routes on its streets, and it is also looking to create more bike-oriented walking and cycling infrastructure in other parts of the Greater Toronto Area.