Flashback Friday: Bike Spotting with Bike Share

Do you use Bike Share? Would you use it more if there was a station closer to you? Or if you could pay using an app? Or if the payment was bundled with TTC or Presto fare?

Bike Share Toronto is doing a survey to improve their services, and they want your input! Answer their questions before the survey closes at the end of October and help to build a better Bike Share!

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Here's what some Bike Share users told us about the service.

This content was originally published in our 2015 Equity issue.

Photos by Robin Sutherland, Lisa Logan, Claire McFarlane and Yvonne Bambrick

Brad

King and University Bike Share station

I had my bike stolen several times. I still have a bike, but if I am just zipping around downtown, these are ideal because you don’t have to worry about them getting stolen, and the price is amazing. And the bikes are all over the place downtown. Also, I got rid of my car five or six years ago. Since I work downtown, I couldn’t really justify the cost of my insurance. This is a lot faster than the streetcar. They really need to go east and west, and close to the water.

Natasha
St. George Street Bike Share Station

It would be useful to have a Bike Share station at the subway station. Being a student on campus, I think it would be useful because the subway doesn’t always take you where you need to go. It would be nice to take the subway and then have a bike right outside to take you to spots that are hard to get to on transit. I think I'd like to see some more of the drop-off points spaced around, but if anything this city needs more bike lanes.

Evan

Queens Quay

I use Bike Share because it’s the quickest and cheapest way for me to get where I need to go. In the winter I had a TTC pass; it cost me over a hundred dollars a month and I had to put up with constant delays and closures. I live at the intersection of Bloor and Spadina and work right on Queens Quay. When the Spadina streetcar closed I found out about Toronto Bike Share and bought a yearly pass. Not only was it way cheaper than a TTC pass, but biking home was quicker than taking the subway or the streetcar. Bike Share is also really convenient because you don’t have to lock up your bike and, if the weather is bad, you don’t have to worry about getting your bike home. I’d like to see more stations in the east end of Toronto around the Queen and Parliament area to make it easier to visit friends.

Algo

Simcoe and Wellington Bike Share station

I signed up to support Bike Share, and I use it because it is so convenient. I live in Leslieville and work downtown and I ride my own bike down here. But, if I need to do something during the day or if I’m just going on a joy ride, I use Bike Share."

It might be useful if Bike Share put stations closer to subway stops. If they expand as far as Pape or Carlaw, it probably would make a difference. It would be really nice if they had bikes at the stations over there.

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