Bikes as a public good:
What is the future of public bikes in Toronto?
There's a funny story behind this. Back in February, I was approached by the ad company JCDecaux with an offer of money if we (CBN) hosted a bikesharing forum. I accepted with eyes open - I knew that JCDecaux was just looking for angles to convince the City of Toronto to buy into their bikesharing system (a la Velib fame). But I figured that couldn't be such a bad thing and even better at least it would offer some kind of public forum where people could debate what kind of bikesharing we want in this city. The funny part is that JCDecaux gave up and took back their offer, but we (CBN and TCAT) are still going ahead with the forum, but with a Transport Canada grant.
Councillor Adrian Heaps recently announced that Toronto was going to have a public bike program by next year. If just a small part of this announcement is actually true then that means momentum is picking up for Toronto to revive bikesharing in this city.
We've got some speakers lined up for the Thursday evening, including experts from the soon to launch Montreal public bike program. We're also hoping to give a preview to Tina Hahn's "Tale of a Yellow Bike" - a story of a Bikeshare bike that travels the world to cities with successful cycling projects. There will also be some backroom sharing of experiences and knowledge. It should be interesting, since we may finally learn how other cities can make a successful go at it.
Come Learn about public bike programs from cycling experts and policy makers. We want you to tell us what a public bike program in Toronto should look like at our forum this fall!
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Innis Town Hall
Street: 2 Sussex Avenue, at St George
City/Town: Toronto, ON
Please download and print the attached poster and hang it up around your neighbourhood. Thanks!
More details coming soon!