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July 26, 2006
City launches Bicycle Locker Pilot Project
  
The City of Toronto launched a Bicycle Locker Pilot Project today that provides safe bicycle parking in key locations around the city. Members of the public can now rent bicycle lockers for $10 (+GST) per month for a minimum four-month term at Toronto City Hall and GO Transit’s Exhibition Station. Future locations will include the Toronto Island Ferry Docks and various public transit stations to increase transit access and use by cyclists.

Bicycle lockers provide excellent, secure bicycle parking by improving protection from theft, vandalism and inclement weather. The lockers are designed to hold one bicycle each as well as bicycle gear. Each locker has a unique lock and key to maximize security.

The City of Toronto’s Official Plan recommends the implementation of the Toronto Bike Plan which was approved by City Council in 2001. The Toronto Bike Plan recommends the development of enhanced bike parking facilities which offer higher levels of security against theft and better protection from the elements, as one way of encouraging cycling.

Similar rental programs are offered by many North American cities and provide secure, weather-protected bike parking or storage facilities in locations where there is often no indoor, secure parking available for commuters. Bike lockers can be installed in open spaces near transit stations, on the edge of wide sidewalks, or in parking lots.

For more information, or how to apply for bicycle lockers, visit http://www.toronto.ca/cycling.


Media contacts:

Pauline Craig
Cycling and Transit Project Organizer
416-392-2577

Sean Wheldrake
Bicycle Promotions Coordinator
416-392-1143
416-988-4569 (cell)


 

 

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