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June 1, 2005

Cycling and transit - bicycles on the TTC
  
City of Toronto Cycling Ambassadors, the Chair of the Cycling Transit Working
Group and City Transportation and TTC staff will be available to answer
questions and provide information on the advantages of combining cycling and
transit during off-peak travel times.

Date: Friday, June 3

Time: 10:30 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - cyclists will board the train at Bathurst subway station
Noon - cyclists arrive at Main Street subway station

Location: Bathurst subway station (in front of the main entrance)

"[I]f bikes and transit work as a team, they make a formidable alternative to
the car," (quoted from Section 8.1 of the Toronto Bike Plan).

To demonstrate the bike-and-ride concept, also known as multi-modal commuting,
cyclists will board a train at Bathurst station and travel east to Main Street
station, which connects to a shared roadway - part of the City’s bikeway
network. Cyclists can use this network to travel south to the beaches and the
waterfront trail, or north to Taylor Creek Park. Main Street subway station is
only one block north of the Danforth GO Station where cyclists can make
connections to more transportation options.

For more information about bicycles on the TTC, visit www.toronto.ca/cycling.

BACKGROUNDER below


Media contacts:

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

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

Backgrounder

Bike-and-ride – Bicycles and the Toronto Transit Commission

The cycling and transit chapter of the Toronto Bike Plan states that “if bikes
and transit work as a team, they make a formidable alternative to the car –
just as flexible and convenient, more relaxing and often faster; and without
the automobile’s environmental effects.”

Combining cycling with public transit allows cyclists to dramatically increase
the distance they can cover. According to a 1999 survey, nearly half (48 per
cent) of all recreational cyclists cite distance as the major reason why they
do not commute to work or school by bicycle with 80 per cent of work-related
bicycle trips lasting approximately 15 minutes. According to 1996 Canada Census
data, two million Toronto residents live within a 15-minute bicycle ride of a
transit station. This represents 84 per cent of the city’s population.

In a 1986 survey, 12 per cent of utilitarian cyclists in the former city of
Toronto had used a bike-and-ride travel option, while the 1999 Cycling Survey
showed that 47,700 utilitarian cyclists (30 per cent) have combined cycling and
transit. Bike and ride activity has more than doubled over the last 15 years
without any significant changes in infrastructure or promotional efforts.

Bicycles are permitted on TTC subway and RT trains, streetcars and buses during
non-peak hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. In the
event of crowding or emergencies, vehicle operators and ticket collectors have
the authority to refuse access to bicycles.

Bike-and-ride will promote a greater awareness of combining transit and cycling
to increase the range and convenience of both of these travel options.



 

 

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