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Another weekend closure: Bike Share shuts down for upgrades

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jun 17th, 2016

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First a portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) shuts down this weekend in Toronto for TTC work. And now the city’s bike-sharing network is out of commission for three days.

But that’s not all. With a slew of road closures this weekend for events and ongoing construction work, and the St. Clair streetcar line shutting down starting Sunday, how is anyone supposed to get around the city? Walking seems like a good option, or borrow a bike, but really, just plan your route ahead, and give yourself lots of time.

With respect to Bike Share Toronto, the network will be shut down for three days, starting Friday, for hardware upgrades.

“We’re going to be switching the technology that powers the system in order to be able to add more bikes and more stations later this summer,”Bike Share Toronto stated online.

The bike sharing network has around 4,000 active users.

Prior to this weekend’s closure, Bike Share asked its members to ensure their mailing address was up-to-date online to ensure they receive new keys for the new system.

The new bike keys were expected to arrive last week. Once they received them, members were asked to log in to their account again to activate the new key and re-enter their billing information.

The new system is expected to be running the week of June 20.


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Bike Share Toronto gets $4.9-million boost from Metrolinx

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Bike Share has undergone some changes over the past couple of years.

In July 2015, Metrolinx partnered with the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) and committed $4.9-million worth of bikes and docking stations to expand the network.The new bikes and docking stations will be in place by December 2016 and will be close to transit stations and densely-populated areas.

Then in April, the TPA announced it would buy 1,000 new bikes and 120 new stations from PBSC Urban Solutions, its new supplier of bikes and stations for the bike network. The move will double the number of bikes in the program.

Province investing $4.9M to expand Bike Share Toronto. Watch the video below or click here to view it

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