Metrolinx and the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) say that the Bike Share Toronto network expansion is now underway.
Beginning today, 120 new Bike Share stations and 1000 new bikes will be installed across the city, with completion expected by July 11.
The expanded network will increase the number of bikes available in the downtown core and will also see more stations located close to transit stations.
The expansion will double the number of bikes in the system.
“By expanding Bike Share Toronto, residents will have more options to get around the city. More bikes on our streets means fewer cars on our roads, helping to reduce congestion and improve the air we breathe,” said Mayor John Tory.
The majority of the new bikes (800) and stations (80) were purchased through a $4.9 million partnership, announced July 2015, between Metrolinx and the TPA. The remaining bikes (200) and stations (40) contributing to the expansion were provided by the TPA.
As part of the TPA-Metrolinx partnership, those who sign up for a new Bike Share Toronto membership and have a valid PRESTO card will receive 50 per cent off of the cost of their first year of membership.
The new stations also add new cutting edge technology into the system and a new Bike Share Toronto app is now available.
Bike Share Toronto currently has about 4,000 annual members and over 35,000 casual users.