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I sent a proposal to the folks at Bikeshare TO for my neighbourhood. I suggested potential locations like Leaside Park, RV Burgess Park, East York Town Centre, Overlea/Thorncliffe East, E.T. Seton Park Access Road, Don Mills and DVP ("The Forks") and Don Mills/Overlea.
Be sure and send that same list to your Councillor.

Bikeshare has a vested interest in accommodating the wishes of Councillors.

Your Councillor is Jaye Robinson - Ward 15
 

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New Bikeshare Stations for July 3rd, 2020.

Victoria Park Avenue/Danforth Avenue (north-west corner) (was a public lane used by cars)
Kingston Rd/Beech Avenue (Top of Glen Stewart Ravine)
Wallace Avenue/Pauline Avenue (north of Bloor, west of Dufferin)
 

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I gotta ask: why the lack of Bikeshare on Toronto Island?

I was there the other day and people bring a lot of bikes over, but you'd think a station at every port and then at key areas would be very nice.
 

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I gotta ask: why the lack of Bikeshare on Toronto Island?

I was there the other day and people bring a lot of bikes over, but you'd think a station at every port and then at key areas would be very nice.
The City has a tender for bike rental services on the island. I haven't seen the contract, but I would assume there's a no-compete clause.
 

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I think people taking bikes to the island and leaving them there would be too much cost operationally for too little benefit.
They could ban the bikes on the ferries, so that the bikes on the island stay on the island and no more come across.

You'd put a bike share dock at the ferry docks on mainland, so people can dump off their bike share bike if thats how they so choose to get to the ferries, and then they can take a bike from a bike share dock on the island once they cross over.
 

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I gotta ask: why the lack of Bikeshare on Toronto Island?

I was there the other day and people bring a lot of bikes over, but you'd think a station at every port and then at key areas would be very nice.
There would probably be an insanely high level of demand requiring many huge stations, and you'd basically need a team onsite every day during the summer rebalancing bikes between them. Or you could just have one cluster of locations in one single area of the island to solve that problem, but that's not as good of a user experience as opposed to having some at Hanlan, top of Centre, bottom of Centre, Ward's, etc.

Then there's the general logistical difficulty of getting the stations there and of regularly driving a cargo van on the ferry to take bikes to and from the island (maintenance, occasional replacement, etc.), and then of having to drive around while on the island. And I wouldn't be surprised if there might even be some sort of restriction in place on bike rentals where the current shops have a monopoly on it--given the prices they charge, it's such a lucrative business one wonders why no competing bike rentals have become available in many years.

They could ban the bikes on the ferries, so that the bikes on the island stay on the island and no more come across.

You'd put a bike share dock at the ferry docks on mainland, so people can dump off their bike share bike if thats how they so choose to get to the ferries, and then they can take a bike from a bike share dock on the island once they cross over.
Didn't think of that, but yeah, people moving bikes to/from the mainland would make it an even bigger nightmare to balance the island bikes+docks. The only way I see it working is if there's an isolated fleet. But it's kind of tricky requiring the ferry staff to prohibit bikeshare bikes, and not a great experience for passengers...still probably the best option, though.

I took a bikeshare bike to the island once from the ferry docks station, I probably ended up paying about $20 for the rental for a few hours, it wasn't awful. Probably better than renting there.
 

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And I wouldn't be surprised if there might even be some sort of restriction in place on bike rentals where the current shops have a monopoly on it--given the prices they charge, it's such a lucrative business one wonders why no competing bike rentals have become available in many years.
The Island bicycle rental is a city contracted service; and it's not that lucrative. In their best year revenues were $435,000; before purchasing stock, repairs, staffing, or fees to the city. Fine as a family business but not nearly as attractive as running a Starbucks franchise.

There was a liquidation sale a few years back when they were expecting to lose the contract to another company.
 

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Today's bike share trip....I wonder if I'm the first person to do this. So close to 30 minutes too!

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Impressive! No way I'd be that fast. It looks like 10.4km to me! That's a run speed of ~20km/ph but with traffic lights, insane drivers, parked/stopped cars, and a couple of notable uphill sections too.

You must have seriously booked it on the straight-aways!
 
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Pace of installation has slowed to a crawl.

But one new station today:

Lundy Ave / Étienne Brûlé Park
 

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Found a usage map of Bikeshare Stations.

Interesting to see a couple of the far-flung new stations are getting high usage!

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Edit to add: I see a few East York Stations and Beaches area ones have surprisingly low numbers.

Some of the E-Y ones are brand new.

But some, I question.

I know the Station beside Michael Garron was constantly out of bikes last year.

If there are no bikes all day, activity levels are artificially low.
 
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I assume the slowdown in placing new starting is that they’ve cleared a backlog of completed ones and that the manufacturer can’t keep up with their ability to place them.

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