Support for GTA Cyclists

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Will London cyclists get similar support? They deserve some, don’t you think?


New BikeLinx Program Helps Cyclists – Hamilton
First official Metrolinx program focuses on cyclists’ needs

    TORONTO, May 20 /CNW/ – Cyclists across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) will be starting to make the link between cycling and transit, thanks to Metrolinx.
    A new BikeLinx Program sponsored by Metrolinx will provide $5 million to make it easier for cyclists to find secure parking at major transit stops and to bring their bikes with them when travelling on municipal buses.
    GTHA municipalities will use the funds recently received from Metrolinx to equip each bus in their fleet with a bicycle carrying rack. As a complementary service, they will also be able to purchase and install permanent, secure and sheltered bicycle parking facilities for installation at major transit stops in their local communities.
    “Increasing the viability of cycling as an every day transportation option provides a number of benefits to people, the environment and our economy,” said Metrolinx Chair Rob MacIsaac. “We know that providing people with safe and convenient storage for their bicycles is an important feature for people to combine cycling with transit.”
    The BikeLinx Program will make it easier for people to combine the use of their bicycles and public transit on the same trip. Metrolinx is providing a total of $2.8 million for bike racks on buses and $2.2 million for secure bike parking. Municipalities are already starting to plan for
installation of +2,300 new racks and numerous bike parking facilities across the region.
    “Public transit and cycling are two excellent ways to get you to your destination. Bike racks on buses are a simple way to encourage people to make transportation choices that are green and healthy.” said Minister of Transportation Jim Bradley.
    “All of the municipalities are keen to participate in the Bikelinx Program,” said MacIsaac. “They want to make cycling a viable, green alternative in their communities.”
    “Once again, Metrolinx has come through for Hamilton. My goal is to ensure this partnership is strengthened for the future benefit of our City,” said Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger. “The funds from Metrolinx will be well invested in Hamilton. Cycling is not just about cycling routes, cyclists need secure places to store their bikes too – and these funds can be used to marry cycling infrastructure with transit facilities to make multi-modal trips more convenient,” he added.
    Metrolinx is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario, operating within
the legislative framework of the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority Act, 2006 and the provincial Growth Plan. For more information visit our website http://www.metrolinx.com.

    BACKGROUNDER – METROLINX BIKELINX PROGRAM

    The new Bikelinx Program is a Metrolinx green initiative, designed to accommodate and encourage trips which combine cycling and public transit throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
    Funding for the program is part of the Province of Ontario’s financial commitment to the Metrolinx Quick Wins initiatives, confirmed in the March 2008 Budget. Under the $5 million BikeLinx program, municipalities in the GTHA received funding that will be used to make it easier for people to combine the use of their bicycles and public transit on the same trip.
    GTHA municipalities will be able to equip each bus in their fleet with a bicycle carrying rack. In addition, Metrolinx will provide funds to purchase and install permanent, secure and/or sheltered bicycle parking facilities, including bike lockers, in strategic locations throughout the region.
    Metrolinx is providing a total of $2.8 million for bike racks on buses and $2.2 million for secure bike parking. Municipalities are already starting to plan for the installation of over new 2,300 racks and numerous bike parking facilities across the region.
    Communities such as Burlington have been proactive in active transportation initiatives such as equipping their buses with bike racks. Successes such as these have set an example for other communities to offer the same service.

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                                                                  Amount for
                                                  Amount for          Secure
                             Total Amount      Bicycle Racks         Bicycle
    Recipient                    Received           on Buses         Parking
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    Durham Region                $387,328           $240,000        $147,328
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    Halton Region                $132,658                N/A        $132,658
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    Halton Region - Oakville      $46,800            $46,800             N/A
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    City of Hamilton             $190,987            $24,000        $166,987
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    Peel Region - Mississauga    $733,470           $552,000        $181,470
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    Peel Region - Brampton       $431,381           $319,200        $112,181
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    City of Toronto            $2,383,505         $1,183,200      $1,200,305
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    York Region                  $693,872           $480,000        $213,872
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One Response to “Support for GTA Cyclists”

  1. picard102 Says:

    Why isn’t there bike racks on LTC busses?

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