Christie TTC station bike shed is missing a key feature

What a great idea: a special bike shelter at Christie TTC station, so people can protect their ride from the weather before jumping on the subway.

Too bad there’s nothing inside that a bike can be locked to, making the shelter pretty much useless.

The city continues to build cycling infrastructure, and for good reason. Even in a cold and snowy January, cyclists are pedaling through the city, belying claims by some that cyclists cannot use their bikes in winter.

So far, this winter has been exceptional; more snow and cold than in many years. And a lot to come, judging by the 14-day forecast. But that doesn’t seem to hold back intrepid riders.

The TTC accepted the program by installing a bicycle shelter at Christie Station, a recognition that an ever-increasing number of people cycle to subway stations before entering the transit system.

But wait. Andrew Munger emailed to say “The TTC installed a bike shed at Christie a few months ago but didn’t include anywhere to lock the bikes.

“The shelter looks permanent and you’ll probably have to tear up the concrete (underneath) to install bike racks.”

He also pointed to a general air of neglect in the area surrounding Christie station, saying it’s “a disaster and definitely for me because it’s identified as a low-income corner”.

I went there and found the bike shed on the north side of the station, which is devoid of anything a bike can be secured to to ensure it is not stolen before the return of the owner.

Meanwhile, there’s a bike rack right by the main doors, which had half a dozen bikes locked to it when I went there on a recent Sunday. I would bet their owners would have used the shelter, if they could have locked up their bikes.

STATUS: TTC spokesman Stuart Green emailed to say the problem was that it was installed in the wrong location: “The bike shelters/racks are part of a program to increase bicycle parking at seven TTC stations.

“In this case, after the structure was built, it was learned that there was a conflict with the location of the shelter and future plans for an elevator at this station. As a result, we never completed the project.

“We are currently looking for another location at Christie’s to relocate and complete the installation of this cycling infrastructure.”

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