February Member of The Month

Meet Rachael, 



What station do you consider to be your “home station”? Are there other stations that are key to your use patterns and helping you get around the city?


Queen and Abell. Queen and Dovercourt, Mill St and Parliament, and Oak St and Sackville are also commonly used stations.



What would you consider to be the “local gems” or spots you love to frequent in your community using Bike Share


I love how easy it is to bike along the waterfront, especially parking at High Park, Billy Bishop airport, and at the ferry terminal. Biking around Ontario Place is also fun. I love going to the restaurants, shops and cafes around little Italy too, and the new bike lanes make that quite convenient.



What do you love the most about using Bike Share and what value do you find in using the system?


It’s an efficient way to get around (considering speed as well as cost if you have an annual membership). Also useful to use in combination with transit, and great that you can make one-way trips without worrying about parking a bike. I also like the added fresh air, exercise, and the convenient storage component at the front of the bikes.



What made you start riding with Bike Share Toronto?


I was debating on buying a personal bike and was concerned about theft/storage/upfront cost. I tried it out with a 24h pass using it mainly on the waterfront, and found it to be enjoyable. I would recommend the annual pass if you are going to use it at least once/week. Tips: wear a helmet and, if you are newer to urban cycling, start on bike paths like the Martin Goodman to build up comfort before using other paths/roads.


Are you a winter rider and do you have any tips for the Bike Share community?


Yes, I am a winter rider. The bikes are quite sturdy, so as long as the lanes/road are plowed/salted then it is just a matter of bundling up. Tips would be warm mittens/gloves, and planning to add extra time to the commute to take it slow.


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