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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ontario Making Commuting Easier for Cyclists in Southern Ontario

Province Building New Secure Bike Storage at GO Stations and Carpool Lots

Burlington, ON
Sep 12, 2017

Ontario is making it easier for cyclists to commute to and from work, school, and appointments with the construction of new, secure bike storage lockers at GO Transit stations and car pool lots across southern Ontario. This investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.

Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon were in Burlington today to launch the new Commuter Bike Parking Program, which will help encourage people to take their bikes as part of their daily commute.

Eight bike lockers will be installed at each of 15 commuter parking lots across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, Niagara, and Simcoe Region for a total of 120 bike lockers. Work will be finished by the end of March 2018. In addition, 28 bike rooms will be installed at 26 GO Transit stations in the Greater Toronto Area over the next four years as part of Ontario’s GO RER program, expanding storage capacity while enhancing security. The first locations, which will be complete by spring 2018, include: Appleby, Markham, Mount Pleasant, Bronte, Unionville, and Stouffville.

Making it safer and easier to cycle in Ontario is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ummmm, confused about this. Does this mean that bikes are allowed on Go Trains during rush hour, as it somewhat implies that?

C.J. Smith said...

No, the government wants you to bike to the GO station and lock your bike up using one of these lockers.

Kimberly McPherson said...

Curious as to why none of these lockers are being installed at any of the Lakeshore East stations.

C.J. Smith said...

Eventually...
I noticed they started with stations outside of the eastern part of the corridor.

Anonymous said...

My guess is they're likely targeting stations with higher rates of theft and/or a large amount of bicycles observed and therefore dis played demand...

Tal Hartsfeld said...

How come the only choices of transportation is either driving, taking public transport, or bicycling?
I take it nobody ever walks anymore(?????).
Don't get me wrong. I realize pedestrians get in the way, take up too much space, are obstacles to motorists who are in a hurry and "just want to make that turn and continue on their way" or to bicyclists who need to have full command of the sidewalk so as to not have to slow down repeatedly for yet another clueless pedestrian "cluttering up" their sidewalk space .....

Ed said...

These lockers were installed for a project test at Burlington and Hamilton GO. It'll cost for them but it's usually minimal like about $4.50 a month or so paid semi-annually. They are similar to the locker rooms at Union on the York street side of the concourse that are run by the TTC. It's a good idea I think.