Stintz wants city to integrate bike-share system into TTC, while Ford calls BIXI an utter ‘failure’

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In what is becoming a recurring theme at city hall, Karen Stintz and Rob Ford assumed diametrically opposite views on Monday, this time around saving or scrapping the BIXI bike-share system.

Ms. Stintz, chair of the Toronto Transit Commission and an avid cyclist, wants the agency to assume control of the money-losing outfit, and possibly use tax dollars to expand its reach so that bikes are located outside of subway stations.

She intends to move a motion at the next commission meeting that explores the idea of integrating BIXI with the TTC, an idea she says CEO Andy Byford is “quite supportive” of examining.

“Every form of transportation in the world is subsidized. Whether it’s air, rail, road, shipping, public transit, BIXI,” said Ms. Stintz. “Before we decide to kill it, I’d like to explore if we can expand it and make it more effective,” she said, adding she did…

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