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May 26, 2009
Bicycle station provides parking, security for commuters
  
The City of Toronto is making commuting by bicycle safer and more convenient with the opening of a bicycle station in the re-developed Union Station.

The Toronto Bicycle Station is an indoor, secure bicycle parking facility. It is located in the York West Teamway section of Union Station (an enclosed pedestrian walkway on the west side of York Street, south of Front Street) and will have capacity for 180 bicycles.

“The creation of this bicycle station builds on the City’s commitment to ensure a sustainable transportation system in Toronto,” said Mayor David Miller. “This station will make it easier for cyclists to link with other modes of transportation such as public transit or walking when making their travel plans - resulting in a more efficient transportation system.”

Mayor Miller continued, “Cycling is an activity that Torontonians are embracing in ever increasing numbers. We are adding 100 kilometres to our bikeway network this year and we are fully committed to adding another 400 kilometres over the next five years.”

“By providing protection from theft, vandalism and inclement weather,” said Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City’s Cycling Committee, “this bicycle station will encourage more cycling in the city.”

He said this initiative is one of the City of Toronto’s sustainable transportation initiatives. “The creation of this bicycle station will help us toward our goal of doubling the number of bicycle trips made in the city as a percentage of total trips by 2011.”

Future plans call for the construction of another bicycle station as part of the revitalization of Nathan Phillips Square.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391, sjohnsto@toronto.ca



 

 

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