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?
Donlands and Danforth is my home station. It’s right next to school and daycare drop off, so I can hop on a bike right away and get to the office at Bay and Gerrard in about 20 minutes. It’s also really handy for running errands – the Gough and Danforth station is right next to the grocery store, and there’s a handy station in Withrow Park at Carlaw and Strathmore.
What would you consider to be the “local gems” or spots you love to frequent in your community using Bike Share?
What do you love the most about using Bike Share and what value do you find in using the system?
I love how spontaneous you can be with Bike Sharing. I can hop all over the city, and I never have to worry about the weather – if it gets too cold, rainy or snowy, I can switch to the TTC without worrying about getting the bike home.
Bike Sharing is also an absolute lifesaver whenever you’re leaving with a crowd. Concerts, Jay’s games, parades – it feels so good to rise above the traffic and surge pricing and get on your way.
What made you start riding with Bike Share Toronto?
My own bike was in the shop and I really cherish a cycling commute. It’s so much quicker than driving, and I love the fresh air and space I have to myself on the ride. Then I tried an e-bike for the first time, and now I’m absolutely hooked – they’re so much fun!
Are you a winter rider and do you have any tips for the Bike Share community?
I ride all year long, winter included, but not every day. If it’s raining hard or snowing heavily I stay off the roads. But I’ll bike in almost any temperature – warm gloves, rubber boots, a wool sweater, coat and hat have never let me down. As a bonus, you won’t overheat on the way in if you’re on your bike!
-Your Friends at Bike Share Toronto