To help the City of Toronto meet its environmental goals, the City will welcome members of the community to launch a Bike Pilot Program that includes a new Bylaw Enforcement Bike Unit. The pilot includes 18 revitalized City of Toronto fleet bicycles and a team of 21 certified bylaw enforcement officers. The officers will be using bicycles whenever feasible in parks and large events to reduce the use of vehicles and support the City’s TransformTO Net Zero Strategy.
This Pilot offers a more efficient and environmentally sustainable mode of transportation that will help meet the goals of the City’s TransformTO Net Zero Strategy and Sustainable City of Toronto Fleets Plan.
The City’s net zero by 2040 target is supported by the Sustainable City of Toronto Fleets Plan which aims to transition 20 per cent of City-owned fleet to zero-emission vehicles by 2025 and 50 per cent by 2030. It also aims for a 45 per cent greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2025 and 65 per cent by 2030.
More information about TransformTO Net Zero Strategy can be found on the City’s website.
More information on the Sustainable City of Toronto Fleets Plan can be found on the City’s website.
Utilizing Toronto’s robust cycling infrastructure of more than 700 kilometres, cycling offers a more efficient and climate-friendly method of travel for shorter trips and during peak hours. Cycling allows the Bylaw Enforcement Bike Unit to stop and go more easily, eliminating the need for parking or stopping a vehicle.
“Replacing vehicles with bikes is key to meeting the target of transitioning 20 per cent of City-owned fleet to zero-emission vehicles by 2025, and 50 per cent by 2030. Bicycles and pedal-assist e-bikes are also more cost effective to purchase, maintain, and operate than traditional vehicles, and can be a more efficient way of delivering services – especially in the downtown core.”
– David Jollimore, General Manager, Fleet Services
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