One of the most common issues facing public transit riders is the "last kilometre" problem. While rapid transit is frequent, not all of the bus or streetcar routes leading from the stations are, so the final part of a commuter's journey is often a long wait or a long walk… which can be made easier by bicycle. Bike Share and more bicycle parking in new condos and office towers are already helping to alleviate the last kilometre problem, and now the TTC is making hybrid commutes easier too.
This week, 20 new self-service bicycle repair stations and six larger bike parking facilities were installed at stations on Toronto's subway network, giving cyclists a means of storing and repairing their bikes during commutes. The installation of this new cycling infrastructure follows the September 2015 installation of 10 initial bike repair stations, and delivers on a promise made in the TTC's 2016 Customer Charter.
The repair stations offer tools and repair equipment for free self-service use. Wheel chocks and bike pumps are bolted to the ground, while a collection of tools including wrenches, Allen keys, and screwdrivers are secured in place with steel cables, hanging from a wall-mounted toolbox above.
The tethered tools are connected in such a way that they can rotate, and that doesn't inhibit the user's range of motion, allowing for easy use on the go.
The new bike repair stations can be found at subway stations across the city, including Lawrence, St. Clair, Rosedale, St. George, St. Clair West, and Lawrence West Stations on Line 1. On Line 2, the repair stations can be found at Royal York, Old Mill, Jane, Runnymede, Ossington, Castle Frank, Broadview, Chester, Donlands, Greenwood, Main Street, Victoria Park, Leslie, and Bayview Stations. New bicycle parking is now also in place at Rosedale, Dupont, St. Clair West, Warden, Kipling, and Spadina Stations.
New repair stop locations were chosen based on several factors, taking into account existing cycling infrastructure like parking rings and local bike paths, as well as station conditions and local demand. "The TTC continues to make it easier for commuters to ride their bike to the subway with this latest expansion of bike parking and self-service repair stations," said TTC Chair Josh Colle. "The TTC continues to invest in expanding mobility options for our customers and remains committed to improving the integration of cycling with transit."