Comment 112699

By JustinJones (registered) - website | Posted July 09, 2015 at 15:07:36

I have to rain on the parade. Bike share investments are specifically NOT included in this particular funding pool.


Q22 : Which projects are not eligible?

Ineligible projects include, but are not limited to, those that:

Cannot be completed by March 31, 2018;
Involve land acquisition only;
Are already completed;
Have a full funding commitment from another party;
Are deficient in creating a safe cycling environment;
Provide parking for cars (e.g., at a scenic lookout where a cycling trail begins/ends) ;
Provide end-of-trip facilities other than bike racks or bike storage;
Provide sidewalks only;
***Are bike-sharing infrastructure or related programs;***
Involve only:
    The promotion of cycling (e.g., information campaigns); or
    Research related to cycling; or
    The development of a cycling plan; or
Are deemed as ineligible at the ministry's sole discretion.

This money is for building new bike lanes, trails, bike parking etc. It should still be applied for by the City, but it has to be something people ride their bikes on or park at, not more bike share bikes.

That said, the money that went into expanding Toronto's services were not from any specific pot of money other than generally investing in more and better transportation options - so there's no reason Hamilton shouldn't expect a similar boost in investment, especially given how incredibly successful the system has been. With the expansion of GO services all over the City and with the investment in LRT, there's a damn good case for investing in more SoBi bikes to expand first and last mile options for residents.

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