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June Blog – Bike ActiveTO with Bike Share Toronto

05/28/2021

Get Outside And Ride With Us

 

One thing we are certain of is that the last year has been tough on us all but one consistent way to describe the rollercoaster is with the word change. So much has changed. Our priorities have changed from commuting to work and school to being stuck in make-shift home offices still wearing week-old sweatpants. Our ridership patterns have changed, driving people to use bike share to run errands, head to appointments or just simply to get outside and move our bodies. Now more than ever, we are looking for ways to be active, and from this, we have seen a surge of people wanting to ride a bike. The kicker? You may be hard-pressed to find a bike to buy (that isn’t around $5,000!). For us at Bike Share Toronto, that means that we have seen our community of bike share users grow immensely from the growing demand for biking. We welcome you all with open arms!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so proud that now, we can get even more people riding with us by partnering with the City of Toronto’s initiative, ActiveTO! If you’re not familiar with it, it is simple. It means closing down parts of major city roads on weekends so that people can safely and comfortably enjoy being outside and be active throughout the summer.


On Sunday, May 16th, we saw 27,000 trips!

A record-breaking number of rides in a single in the 10-year history of the program.


The most popular routes for Active TO are also conveniently lined with Bike Share Toronto bikes and stations:

 

Lake Shore E from Leslie St to Woodbine Ave

 

Marilyn Bell Park on Lake Shore W to Fleet St

 

Marilyn Bell Park on Lake Shore W to Windermere Ave

 

 

 

The team at Bike Share Toronto recognizes that not everyone has a bike, or if they do, they don’t want to have to shlep it across town on TTC or look for parking. To make sure that everyone can easily get riding, Bike Share Toronto put multiple Valet Stations on ActiveTO routes. We know – another new term.


A Valet Station is a Bike Share Toronto station staffed with Community Ambassadors with extra bikes and docking points to ensure you get riding hassle-free. Our team is on-site to help new riders get familiar with the Bike Share Toronto system and get you on a bike. These valet stations are the perfect place to either start your ride, end it, or just find out how you can get riding.


 

Every week, these stations are updated on our social media, website and the City of Toronto’s website to make sure that you can plan your ActiveTO route with Bike Share Toronto with ease and comfort. Using a Bike Share, Toronto station on an ActiveTO route means you can ride from point A to point B, enjoy your surroundings by shopping and stopping at local surrounding areas, and then pick up another bike from a nearby station.

 

Before you head out, be sure to download the  PBSC app  so you have up-to-date information about stations around you and on the ActiveTO route and unlock with our QR code reader.

 

What are you waiting for? Join Bike Share Toronto by jumping on an Active TO route, currently every weekend until the end of summer! Don’t forget to tag us wherever your bike may take you! #BikeShareTO

 

 

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