NOTICE OF MOTIONReview Toronto's Parking Standards for New Multi-UnitResidential and Commercial Development with the Objective toExpand BIXI Toronto Inc.
In June, 2011, the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee referred
“Expansion of the Toronto
Public Bicycle Program (Toronto BIXI) to the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services, for areport to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee prior to the end of 2011 on the proposal to expand Toronto BIXI and include in the report, the use of BIXI bike rentals and the financial
implications of the expansion of BIXI beyond 80 stations and 1000 bicycles.”
This staff report was never publicly produced and therefore, no official report was ever tabled at the
Public Works and Infrastructure Committee again on the BIXI Toronto program until the “financialdifficulties” of BIXI was reported in the media on April 16, 2013.
In the absence of any strategic expansion plan for BIXI Toronto, the financial sustainability of BIXIwas greatly restricted as there were challenges to integrating this very popular bike share program
as a key component of this City’s and the Pan Am Games’ overall transportation plans.
Nevertheless, BIXI Toronto remains an important part of the transportation mix in the downtownarea with 4,630 paid subscribers and more than 1.3 million bicycle trips generated since theprogram launched.During the April 23, 2013, Executive Committee considered EX31.13 Restructuring the Relationshipwith BIXI Toronto Inc., which was subsequently referred to City Staff for action and to report back tothe Executive Committee in July 2013.
The public portions of this report states that “the current BIXI
Toronto business plan is experiencing difficulty in covering its operating costs, primarily due to thecost of servicing a 100 percent debt-financed asset-
The evolving policy of the City of Toronto becoming a more sustainable city recognizes the value of car sharing as part of a transportation demand management strategy that can reduce the need toown a vehicle and thus mitigate the associated negative impacts of automobile travel, as well asreduce parking demand. City Planning and Transportation staff concluded that the reserved parking
for car share vehicles or “dedicated car share parking” can affect the car ownership rates and
parking requirements in multi-unit residential developments.It would be reasonable for City Council to extend the review of parking standards in new multi-unitresidential and commercial developments as it pertains and supports the expansion of bothmembership and infrastructure for the BIXI Toronto program.