Bike Sharing: A Tale of Two Cities
In Toronto, they have closed down the Community Bicycle Network of yellow bikes distributed around the City. The City government pleads poverty, and even environmentalist Gord Perks says to Eye Weekly: "I would certainly support this if it's not interfering with competing priorities."- weasel words if I ever heard them. City Council buffoon Rob Ford actually says: "I can't support bike lanes. Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks. My heart bleeds when someone gets killed, but it's their own fault at the end of the day." And Mayor Miller says Toronto will be North America's Greenest City.
Meanwhile,according to the New York Times, in Paris by the end of the year there will be 20,600 bicycles available for residents and tourists with 1,000 pickup points in an effort to ease traffic congestion and pollution. The bikes can be rented on any day or night and returned to any station.
How much money did bikeshare need? Toronto is becoming a green embarrassment.