June 19, 2008
Media Release

Why not bike to your bus stop?

New YRT/Viva bike rack program encourages passengers to bike and ride
NEWMARKET – York Regional Council today approved a new York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva bike rack program that makes it easier to bike and ride.  Beginning next year, new bike racks mounted on the front of Viva vehicles will allow riders to store their bikes safely while travelling on transit. 
“Connections to transit are an important priority for our Region,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “This new program is another example of Regional Council’s commitment to increase transit ridership, reduce car travel and benefit our environment.”
Bike racks will be introduced in stages on Viva routes along Yonge Street followed by Highway 7.  The bike racks will then be extended system-wide, with completion of the program expected in 2010.  
“Having transit and bike friendly communities is important to all York Region residents,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio, Chair of the Region’s Transit Committee.  “Bike racks are a practical and convenient new addition to YRT/Viva service that will benefit new and existing riders.”
To accommodate increasing numbers of riders biking to terminals and major bus stops, YRT/Viva is considering the installation of new bike parking lockers.  Options for design and location of the lockers is under review, with installation expected in 2009.
Currently, YRT/Viva riders with bikes are not allowed on buses during weekday rush hours or other crowded times to ensure the safety of all riders.  Riders with bikes are allowed on buses during less busy times at the discretion of the operator, and must be able to secure themselves and the bike while travelling.
Total cost for the new bike rack program and future bike parking lockers is approximately $694,000.  Financial support for the program is being provided by Metrolinx through the BikeLinx Program.
YRT/Viva offers local and rapid transit service options throughout all nine municipalities of York Region.  Over 80 routes keep residents connected within York Region, as well as with connecting services in the City of Toronto and the Region of Peel.  More than 18.2 million riders used YRT/Viva services in 2007, with nearly 73,000 trips made on average each day between Monday and Friday. 
For more information about YRT/Viva services, please visit the YRT/Viva website at www.yrt.ca, or call the Customer Service Centre at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978). 
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Media Contact: Kim Sinclair, Communications Specialist, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell: 905 251-6412
 Email:  Kim.Sinclair@york.ca