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Essential to Toronto: Bixi’s Pedal Power

There’s a new way to get around the city this summer, thanks to the arrival of Bixi Bikes. The bicycle-sharing system launched in May and has quickly become a popular alternative form of public transportation. With 1,000 bikes available at 80 docking stations, it’s an easy way to make short trips between downtown restaurants, shops and sites. Simply use your credit card to pay for 24- or 72-hour access ($5 or $12), then grab a bike and pedal to your destination within 30 minutes. Additional charges are incurred if you keep the bike for longer than a half-hour. The sturdy yet sporty two-wheelers are available at all times within a service area between Bathurst and Jarvis streets from east to west, and north-south from Bloor Street to Queens Quay. Find specific stations online, here.

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