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An eco-friendly commute in Toronto

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

October 1, 2010 — Renting public bikes in Toronto could be a simple way to improve air quality and reduce pollution on city streets.

A key would give you daily access to the bikes for 30 minutes at a time
A key would give you daily access to the bikes for 30 minutes at a time

Taking a taxi through the busy streets of Toronto may seem like an ideal method of transportation. But there's the potential for a more eco-friendly way to commute.

The initiative is called BIXI and it's a combination of taxi services and biking. The program began in Montreal and now there's an interest for the City of Toronto.

“It will change the way Torontonians move around the city in a more healthy way. People will become more active and fewer cars will be on the road,” says Cristina Matei, a Toronto BIXI subscriber.

Essentially residents would be able to rent a public bike on a daily basis instead of hailing a cab or using their own car.

“The initial roll out is a thousand bikes in the downtown core at 80 stations, that's the initial footprint. The service delivery is able to expand as demand and financial resources are available,” says Yvonne Bambrick, with Toronto's Cyclists Union.

If the idea is well received and people show an interest in the concept, the city hopes to launch BIXI by next spring. You can find out more about the program by heading to BIXI Toronto.

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