The Toronto Christian Resource Centre is a charitable corporation which supports and administers a number of programs. Through their Community Bicycle Network (CBN) project, the Resource Centre aims to set up a BikeShare program to make bicycles accessible to all residents of Toronto.
What are they doing?
The BikeShare program will provide education, incentives and infrastructure to promote cycling as an alternative to the automobile. The project will:
- make rebuilt bicycles available at central locations throughout the city for short trips through an inexpensive membership that allows bikes to be "shared."
- promote cleaner air through accessibility to an emission-free alternative to the automobile.
To be completed by March 31, 2002.
What did the project accomplish?
Notable results include:
- As of Dec 31, 2003, BikeShare had signed up 825 members (target was 600.)
- There are 14 hubs as of Dec 31, 2003. Four hubs are still in negotiation: OISE/UT; U of T Victoria College; Riverdale Community Business Centre; and CNE.
- Three new hubs were finalized to serve disadvantaged and emerging communities: Scadding Court Community Centre, Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre and Bambu by the Lake.
- Partnership with Moving the Economy will pilot a multi-modal hub at the CNE and connect bikes, TTC and Go Train.
- An estimated 50,260 kilometres was traveled by BikeShare bikes (increase of 118%.)
- Savings amounted to approximately:
- CO2 = at least 15,583 kg
- NOX = at least 22,667 kg
- CO = at least 283,333 kg
- An estimated 2750 hours of volunteer labour were donated to the project
- The new administrative database is now fully operational and in use. Individuals with administrator access can now easily track the location of the bikes, member status and activity and hub activity.
- CBN has been contacted by several municipalities and organizations interested in replicating the service including Peterborough, Thunder Bay, Saskatoon, Albuquerque, a Brisbane City Council representative visiting Toronto, the University of California, New Orleans, BikeAgain in Halifax, York University Toronto, Chicago, Renegade Marketing in New York, Dallas and Our Community Bikes in Vancouver.
- Media coverage consisted of: 7 print articles; 1 radio show; and 4 TV spots