If you’ve been to Toronto in the past few years, you’re bound to have noticed the abundance of bikes sitting around the sitting, available for use.
That’s because of Bike Share Toronto; an initiative that launched back in 2011 in association with the University of Toronto. Initially the program launched with 80 stations and 1000 bicycles, but it now boasts over 460 stations with around 5000 bikes!
So how does it work? Well, basically, you sign-up via the website or app and get unlimited 30-minute rides across the city. You use the station, grab a nearby bike, take-off, then leave it back at a station when you’re done. It’s really that simple. So the question is, should Mississauga have Bike Share?
Well, the obvious answer is yes. Who wouldn’t want the option of grabbing a bike using your membership and using it to get from A to B? It’s a great way to get around the city without having a car, and it would also greatly promote exercise.
However it’s worth noting that Mississauga is not, as of yet, quite as jam-packed as Toronto. Meaning most things in Toronto are mere minutes away, whether that’s walking or via bike; you can ride from work to the path, or your home in under 30 minutes. In Mississauga however, it would take well over that to ride from Port Credit to Square One, and that’s a lot more than a quick ride.
When every town is a few miles apart, be it Port Credit, Clarkson, Long Branch, Streetsville, downtown, Erin Mills, or Milton, it can be hard to see why people would opt for bike riding when they can just get the bus, their car, or call an Uber. That’s not to say a Bike Share in Mississauga would be redundant, but it’s difficult to see why it would be necessary right now.
10 years from now, when Mississauga has almost doubled in size and each community is closer together and more interwoven, a Bike Share will probably not only be preferable but downright necessary. Until then, let us know if you’d like to see this program come to the city, or if you’d prefer something along the lines of a subway system.