July Member of the Month

Meet Princess, 

 

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?

 

My home station for heading east is Jean Sibilus Square (Kendal Ave/Bernard Ave), and for going west, it’s Vermont Square Park (Palmerston Ave/Vermont Ave). I am grateful to have quite a few Bike Share stations within close walking distance, including at Bathurst Station, which also serves as my gateway to the rest of the city.

 

 

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

 

One of my favourite lanes to bike is Palmerston Avenue into Tecumseth Street; it’s beautiful, low-traffic, and quite lovely roads for riders. The bike lanes along Bloor Avenue are a fantastic way to explore the city from east to west. I also frequently find myself biking to and from Kensington Market and Chinatown for some art and snacks.

 

 

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

 

When I first started using Bike Share, I really envisioned it primarily for recreational use or an “emergency” alternative to public transit.  I never expected it to become my preferred method of transportation for commuting, even during the wintertime!

I have saved considerable time and money since using Bike Share. Beyond its environmental benefits, I value the ease of use and not having to worry about maintenance. As someone who commutes to and from work via Bike Share, it has been a great way to integrate more exercise into my routine, and has improved my mental health. Bike Share Toronto is truly one of the city’s most valuable services, and I am thankful to be a member.

 

 

What made you start riding with Bike Share Toronto?

 

I initially began using Bike Share for recreational use or as an emergency last-mile mode of transportation. However, with frequent delays on public transit, I started searching for better alternatives for moving around the city. My best friend (coincidentally Bike Share’s Member of the Month for December 2022) became an avid user and encouraged his family and friends to use it more frequently as a commuting option.

Like many, I was initially nervous about biking in Toronto. However, the ongoing expansion of bike lanes has made cycling around the city much more comfortable and safe. For anyone interested in using Bike Share, I recommend starting slowly. Perhaps begin by riding at times of the day when it’s less busy and stick to protected bike lanes. The more I biked around the city, the less nervous I became!

 

Do you have any tips for the Bike Share community?

 

The new Bike Share Toronto app has been wonderful for planning out my routes. With the app, it’s much easier to plan ahead and be aware of alternate stations in case your intended station is full. The app has saved me a lot of time and hassle!

 

-Your Friends at Bike Share Toronto

 

 

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