Recently, our CEO and President, Jay Walder, was invited to speak at the widely-anticipated CityAge conference in Toronto, where Motivate has operated a bike share since 2014. The theme, “Build the Future,” left the event’s attendees reenergized and inspired, and our CEO had plenty to say about the key role bike share will play in building a more sustainable and equitable future.

Toronto Bike Share is a great example of the way that bike share is helping cities deal with the rapid pace of development, by providing a new layer of the transportation network that is affordable, scalable and quick to implement. The growth of Toronto Bike Share has been fueled by an unexpected but highly effective partnership between the Toronto Parking Authority, the agency responsible for administering bike share in Toronto, and Metrolinx, the regional transit authority. Metrolinx recently provided a generous grant to the TPA, to supplement existing TPA funds for bike share. Together Metrolinx and TPA funded the doubling in size of Toronto Bike Share, growing the program well beyond its existing downtown core. Combine that with the commitment of Mayor John Tory and the Toronto Transportation Department adding more safe and inviting bike infrastructure, and bike share, and biking is on the rise.

In fact, over this past year, ridership has grown 66%; casual pass sales have tripled; annual membership has increased nearly 70% since the beginning of Bike Share Toronto’s expansion; and the local staff has grown from 7 to 38.

As our CEO explained in his remarks: “Bike share…shows what can happen when leaders demonstrate vision and commitment and work together across silos and across sectors.”

And the growth will continue with Toronto Transit Commission, recently awarded a federal grant to build new bike share stations outside of transit hubs.

In sum, the CityAge “Build the Future” conference left no doubt that a brighter future is well underway.

READ ON to learn more about what our CEO had to say.

In the News: Motivate’s CEO Jay Walder Speaks at CityAge “Build the Future” Conference in Toronto — Motivate

In the News: Motivate’s CEO Jay Walder Speaks at CityAge “Build the Future” Conference in Toronto

Recently, our CEO and President, Jay Walder, was invited to speak at the widely-anticipated CityAge conference in Toronto, where Motivate has operated a bike share since 2014. The theme, “Build the Future,” left the event’s attendees reenergized and inspired, and our CEO had plenty to say about the key role bike share will play in building a more sustainable and equitable future.

Toronto Bike Share is a great example of the way that bike share is helping cities deal with the rapid pace of development, by providing a new layer of the transportation network that is affordable, scalable and quick to implement. The growth of Toronto Bike Share has been fueled by an unexpected but highly effective partnership between the Toronto Parking Authority, the agency responsible for administering bike share in Toronto, and Metrolinx, the regional transit authority. Metrolinx recently provided a generous grant to the TPA, to supplement existing TPA funds for bike share. Together Metrolinx and TPA funded the doubling in size of Toronto Bike Share, growing the program well beyond its existing downtown core. Combine that with the commitment of Mayor John Tory and the Toronto Transportation Department adding more safe and inviting bike infrastructure, and bike share, and biking is on the rise.

In fact, over this past year, ridership has grown 66%; casual pass sales have tripled; annual membership has increased nearly 70% since the beginning of Bike Share Toronto’s expansion; and the local staff has grown from 7 to 38.

As our CEO explained in his remarks: “Bike share…shows what can happen when leaders demonstrate vision and commitment and work together across silos and across sectors.”

And the growth will continue with Toronto Transit Commission, recently awarded a federal grant to build new bike share stations outside of transit hubs.

In sum, the CityAge “Build the Future” conference left no doubt that a brighter future is well underway.

READ ON to learn more about what our CEO had to say.