Bike non-news

Mayor Tory announced 1000 new, tax-payer- and Metrolinx-subsidized shared bikes this week, bringing the total to 3750. Alas, not one is in York South–Weston.

Users can rent a bike for $7 a day, or $99 a year, with extra fees for long trips. The bikes can be picked up and dropped off at any station.

The new bikes

will be near TTC subway stations and stops, to enhance Toronto’s public transit and transportation network. Bike Share Toronto stations will be located as far north as Yonge Street at Eglinton Avenue, and as far east as the Beaches and East York.

Given the focus on TTC stations, it would have been very nice to see bikes at the Mount Dennis transit hub. Though there will be 200 bike parking spaces at the hub, we’ll have to bring our own wheels.

Your correspondent knows that Italians have it way better. Florence, for instance, is flooded with Mobikes, over-engineered commuter bikes anyone can rent for a pittance, subsidized by internet billionaires clutching for ‘scale’. They beat Toronto’s bikes in two ways: they do not require stations, and they are cheap. It seems to me that investing in public bike shares right now is a bit like investing in taxis pre-Uber, but what do I know?

In other bike non-news, nobody stole my son’s brand-new bike. Stupidly, we left it at Elm Park for a few hours unlocked and unattended. When my boy belatedly remembered, he ran back, and it was still standing there on its kick stand.  What a great neighbourhood we live in.

That got me thinking about bike thefts in Weston. I’m glad to say there are relatively few of them. The Toronto Police keep track, and, unsurprisingly, most of the thefts are downtown.

I was surprised to see that only one local theft was reported at the GO Station. A surprising number of bikes, though, were stolen from sheds and garages—I would have figured that bikes are generally stolen from public spaces. Not so.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

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