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TTC installs bike-repair facilities
at 10 subway stations



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TTC passengers can now make minor repairs to their bicycles at ten subway stations. The chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, Councillor Josh Colle, unveiled the new self-service bicycle-repair stop at Davisville Station this Tuesday, September 29.

Each bicycle-repair stop includes wrenches, Allen keys, screw drivers, a bike pump and a wheel chock. (A chock is wedge that you can place against the wheel while you’re repairing your bike.) Steel cables secure these tools to each repair facility.

The TTC has installed its first 10 bike repair stations, as part of a pilot project, at these stations:

  • Bathurst;
  • Davisville;
  • Downsview;
  • Dupont;
  • Finch;
  • Kipling;
  • Keele;
  • Kennedy;
  • Pape; and
  • Spadina.

TTC and City of Toronto staff considered a number of criteria to select where to locate the first 10 bike repair stations, including:

  • the number of bike-parking spots at each station;
  • number of bike trips that cyclists take in the surrounding area;
  • bike routes and trails in the neighbourhood; and
  • the physical space at the station.

As part of its 2015 Customer Charter, the TTC committed to encouraging passengers to cycle as a part of their daily commute.

According to the TTC, it “has a long-standing partnership with the City of Toronto and its cycling initiatives”. Over the past twenty years, the TTC says, the City and the transit agency “have pedaled in unison on numerous initiatives to integrate cycling with public transit.” For example:

  • All TTC buses have bike racks for one or two bikes as standard equipment.
  • The new accessible Toronto Flexity streetcars include two interior spaces for bikes.
  • New, easier-access fare gates allow passengers with bicycles to enter and exit subway stations more easily;
  • Cyclists can take advantage of more bike parking at or near subway stations.
  • The TTC has installed bike lockers at or near seven subway stations.
  • The TTC has retrofitted staircases at Pape and Dufferin Stations with bike channels, letting cyclists push their bikes up- or downstairs between subway platforms and the streets.
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