In the bustling city of Toronto, getting around efficiently and sustainably is a priority for residents. The city’s growing commitment to reducing carbon emissions and improving urban mobility means that car-free travel options are abundant. From the convenience of rideshare apps, e-bikes and e-scooters to the accessibility of bike share programs and public transport, Toronto offers a variety of alternatives that will allow you to move seamlessly through the city car-free.
E-bikes, or electric bicycles, have gained immense popularity in Toronto as a convenient and eco-friendly mode of transportation. Equipped with electric motors, they allow users to arrive at their destination without breaking a sweat and make longer commutes more manageable. E-bikes can be purchased outright, however most users choose to rent them. Bike Share Toronto has docking stations at convenient locations through the city with e-bikes which can be rented for short term use via the PBSC app. The app allows users to locate, unlock and pay for the bikes via smartphone. Further, users can choose to pay per ride or purchase annual memberships which make rides much cheaper!
For committed commuters companies such as Zygg and Zoomo rent e-bikes by the month. This option allows more freedom as commuters aren’t bound by the location of docking stations or the availability of bikes. Plus, servicing and support is also included in the price of the membership! With dedicated bike lanes throughout the city, navigating Toronto’s neighborhoods on an e-bike is both efficient and enjoyable.
For those who prefer the traditional pedal-powered approach, Bike Share Toronto also offers regular bikes to commuters. With numerous docking stations strategically located throughout the urban landscape, riders can pick up a bike at one station and drop it off at another, making it an ideal choice for short trips and one-way journeys.
Due to the same benefits as e-bikes, e-scooters have rapidly become a familiar sight on Canadian streets. Bird Canada has fleets of e-scooters available to rent throughout Hamilton, Brampton and Oshawa, whilst only personal e-scooters can currently be ridden in London. In 2024, e-scooters are set to hit the streets of Toronto in a city-wide pilot program. With the growing popularity of micro mobility it is only a matter of time before these convenient and eco-conscious scooters make their way to the streets.
The obvious option for car-free transport in Toronto is the public transport system – the Toronto Transit Commission. Toronto’s efficient public transport system includes an extensive network of buses, streetcars, and subway lines. This integrated system not only ensures accessibility to various neighborhoods but also serves as a reliable option for longer journeys, seamlessly connecting travelers to key destinations, cultural landmarks, and bustling commercial areas. Plus, the public transport systems are ever-expanding, check out the City of Toronto website to see all of the expansion works currently in progress.
Metrolinx and the Province of Ontario are currently in the process of building a network of light rail transit lines throughout Toronto. The Finch West line is a part of the project and will include a stop at Emery, in close proximity to Emery Crossing. Other light rail lines and numerous destinations will be accessible from the Finch West line, making travel throughout Toronto even more efficient. The Finch West line is set for completion towards the end of 2023 – perfect timing for the 1 September 2023 Emery Crossing occupancy date!
Ride-sharing apps have revolutionized transportation in Toronto, offering numerous benefits to both residents and visitors. Apps such as Uber and Lyft, provide a convenient and efficient way to navigate the city, allowing users to request rides via their smartphones. Additionally, users enjoy the flexibility of choosing different vehicle types and tracking their rides in real-time, enhancing their overall commuting experience. The competitive pricing and cashless transactions further add to the appeal, making ride-sharing apps a popular and practical choice for getting around the vibrant city of Toronto and surrounding municipalities.
Exploring Toronto car-free is not only feasible but also convenient and cost-effective. Many of Toronto’s attractions are easily accessible via the car-free options outlined above, offering a range of choices that cater to different preferences and needs. These options provide the means to experience the city in a way that’s efficient, enjoyable, and environmentally responsible.
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