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May 31, 2012
New bike station at Victoria Park Subway Station
The City of Toronto has introduced a new bike station at the Victoria Park Subway Station.

The 50-square-metre facility provides indoor bicycle parking, with 52 secure bicycle parking spaces on two-tier racks. Toronto has the only two bike stations in Canada that are open to the public - the other one is located at Union Station.

Bike stations are also planned as part of the revitalization of Pape Subway Station (2013) and the new Finch West Subway Station (2015).

"This bicycle station will help to encourage cycling because it provides protection from theft, vandalism and inclement weather," said Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), speaking on behalf of Mayor Rob Ford at the official opening of the facility at Victoria Park Subway Station this morning. In addition, Councillor Berardinetti represents the ward in which the bike station is located.

"More and more people are taking their bikes to work and school all across the city," said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "This bike station provides a safe and secure location for those who want to use their bikes to connect with our public transit system."

Users need to register at the Union Station Bicycle Station, which can be done Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. There is a one-time registration fee of $26.91, which gives the person who registers a lifetime membership to Toronto bicycle stations across Toronto.

Fees for parking at the bike station are $21.53 for a month or $64.57 for four months. The one-day fee to pay and park is $2.15. All prices include the HST. There is no registration fee required for the one-day pay-and-park option.

Bicycle stations are used in various cities around the world including Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C., Amsterdam, London and Toyko.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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