Thursday, July 22, 2010

The New Bikesharing Initiative for Our City

We are reaching out to the Green Earth Organics' Bicycle User Group with information on the program and an invite to our upcoming event.

The popular public bike sharing system adopted in Montreal in 2009 has reached Toronto in the form of BIXI Toronto. Our aim is for Toronto to have its own bikeshare program as of Spring 2011.

We require 1,000 subscribers by the end of this year for the program to move forward.

Your purchase of a BIXI Toronto membership will publicize your efforts towards reducing vehicle pollution and acknowledge the positive effects an accessible bikeshare system will have on the environment. Founding pledgers and businesses will be honored by the City at the event and on our various websites.

To pledge your support is to purchase a 1 year BIXI Toronto membership for $95.00 tax incl.(less than a monthly TTC metropass) and provides you with unlimited usage, 12 months a year. The 80 docking stations which will be positioned throughout the downtown core are solar-powered and portable leaving zero imprint. The goal of the bikeshare system is to reduce 80% of Toronto's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, which means we must decrease vehicle usage by 20%.

The BIXI Toronto Bash is next Wednesday July 28th at The Gladstone at 7pm. At the event you can test-ride the bikes, purchase a membership, and enjoy food and entertainment. Your presence at the event will help illustrate that a bikeshare program benefits all of Toronto's industries. If you cannot attend the event you can pledge online after the 28th at:

I look forward to seeing you there. If you have any other questions you can visit Bixi Montreal's website at, or feel free to contact me.


Reasons for becoming a BIXI Toronto Member even if you already own a bike:
Security: You don't have travel with locks/cables or be concerned with the security of your personal bike. At BIXI Toronto docking stations you simply push the bike in and leave - taking far less time than it would to lock up your own bike.
Zero Maintenance: Spares you from the maintenance and accessory costs of using a personal bike.
Convenience: The BIXI Toronto system allows for one-way trips, or short trips during the day if you didn't bike to your current location. BIXI bikes also come with a sturdy front rack and rear lights which are activated while the bike is in motion.
Spontaneity: Promotes spontaneous cycling trips or cycling with those who don't have their bike with them or who don't own a bike. Makes cycling more accessible to those who would normally use the TTC

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