Ontario is making it easier for cyclists to commute to and from work, school, and appointments with the construction of new, secure bike storage lockers at GO Transit stations and car pool lots across southern Ontario. This investment is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market.
Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon were in Burlington today to launch the new Commuter Bike Parking Program, which will help encourage people to take their bikes as part of their daily commute.
Eight bike lockers will be installed at each of 15 commuter parking lots across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, Niagara, and Simcoe Region for a total of 120 bike lockers. Work will be finished by the end of March 2018. In addition, 28 bike rooms will be installed at 26 GO Transit stations in the Greater Toronto Area over the next four years as part of Ontario’s GO RER program, expanding storage capacity while enhancing security. The first locations will include: Appleby, Markham, Mount Pleasant, Bronte, Unionville, and Stouffville.
Making it safer and easier to cycle in Ontario is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“Cycling is a healthy, sustainable way to get around and we are committed to adding more cycling infrastructure across Ontario. This investment will make cycling more convenient and appealing, and will encourage more people in Ontario to bike as part of their daily commute.”
— Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
“Cycling is a great way to travel, commute and explore our beautiful province. With this investment in bike storage, our government is supporting cyclists and making it easier for people to use their bikes – whether it’s for their daily commute to work or school, for recreation or simply for the love of the sport.”
— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
“Creating new bike lockers at GO stations is one of the many ways our carbon market and Climate Change Action Plan are working together to make it easier for people to fight climate change. This investment helps make it simpler to choose cleaner transportation to get to work, school or appointments.”
— Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
“We are providing expanded and more secure bike storage at our GO stations to make it easier for our customers to lead active lifestyles and choose transit first. Improvements like this will also help us welcome more customers as we expand GO train service throughout the region.”
— Rob Siddall, Interim President and CEO, Metrolinx
“This investment from the Ontario government is great news for residents of Burlington. With more bike storage at Appleby and other GO stations, as well as at carpool lots across the GTHA, cyclists will have more reason to leave their cars at home and fit a bike ride into their daily commutes.”
— Rick Goldring, Mayor of Burlington
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