New BikeLinx Program Helps Cyclists - Halton



    First official Metrolinx program focuses on cyclists' needs

    TORONTO, May 20 /CNW/ - Cyclists across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton
Area (GTHA) will be starting to make the link between cycling and transit,
thanks to Metrolinx.
    A new BikeLinx Program sponsored by Metrolinx will provide $5 million to
make it easier for cyclists to find secure parking at major transit stops and
to bring their bikes with them when travelling on municipal buses.
    GTHA municipalities will use the funds recently received from Metrolinx
to equip each bus in their fleet with a bicycle carrying rack. As a
complementary service, they will also be able to purchase and install
permanent, secure and sheltered bicycle parking facilities for installation at
major transit stops in their local communities.
    "Increasing the viability of cycling as an every day transportation
option provides a number of benefits to people, the environment and our
economy," said Metrolinx Chair Rob MacIsaac. "We know that providing people
with safe and convenient storage for their bicycles is an important feature
for people to combine cycling with transit."
    The BikeLinx Program will make it easier for people to combine the use of
their bicycles and public transit on the same trip. Metrolinx is providing a
total of $2.8 million for bike racks on buses and $2.2 million for secure bike
parking. Municipalities are already starting to plan for the installation of
over 2,300 new racks and numerous bike parking facilities across the region.
    "Public transit and cycling are two excellent ways to get you to your
destination. Bike racks on buses are a simple way to encourage people to make
transportation choices that are green and healthy." said Minister of
Transportation Jim Bradley.
    "All of the municipalities are keen to participate in the Bikelinx
Program," said MacIsaac. "They want to make cycling a viable, green
alternative in their communities."
    "Bikelinx is an innovative way to make public transportation and cycling
more attractive alternatives," said Halton Regional Chair, Gary Carr. "I
applaud Metrolinx in working with municipalities to create greener, healthier
communities."

    Metrolinx is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario, operating within
the legislative framework of the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority Act,
2006 and the provincial Growth Plan. For more information visit our website
www.metrolinx.com


    BACKGROUNDER - METROLINX BIKELINX PROGRAM

    The new Bikelinx Program is a Metrolinx green initiative, designed to
accommodate and encourage trips which combine cycling and public transit
throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
    Funding for the program is part of the Province of Ontario's financial
commitment to the Metrolinx Quick Wins initiatives, confirmed in the March
2008 Budget. Under the $5 million BikeLinx program, municipalities in the GTHA
received funding that will be used to make it easier for people to combine the
use of their bicycles and public transit on the same trip.
    GTHA municipalities will be able to equip each bus in their fleet with a
bicycle carrying rack. In addition, Metrolinx will provide funds to purchase
and install permanent, secure and/or sheltered bicycle parking facilities,
including bike lockers, in strategic locations throughout the region.
    Metrolinx is providing a total of $2.8 million for bike racks on buses
and $2.2 million for secure bike parking. Municipalities are already starting
to plan for the installation of over new 2,300 racks and numerous bike parking
facilities across the region.
    Communities such as Burlington have been proactive in active
transportation initiatives such as equipping their buses with bike racks.
Successes such as these have set an example for other communities to offer the
same service.

    
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                                                                  Amount for
                                                  Amount for          Secure
                             Total Amount      Bicycle Racks         Bicycle
    Recipient                    Received           on Buses         Parking
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    Durham Region                $387,328           $240,000        $147,328
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    Halton Region                $132,658                N/A        $132,658
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    Halton Region - Oakville      $46,800            $46,800             N/A
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    City of Hamilton             $190,987            $24,000        $166,987
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    Peel Region - Mississauga    $733,470           $552,000        $181,470
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    Peel Region - Brampton       $431,381           $319,200        $112,181
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    City of Toronto            $2,383,505         $1,183,200      $1,200,305
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    York Region                  $693,872           $480,000        $213,872
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For further information:

For further information: Fran Agnew, Executive Assistant to the
Metrolinx Chair, (416) 874-5902; Jacquie Menezes, Senior Associate, Public
Affairs and Media, (416) 874-5923, Jacquie.Menezes@metrolinx.com


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