Snow has started to fall again and though I never expect November snow to stick around, it seems as though it might. Before I regale you with pictures of winter and snow, because rest assured I can, I wanted to highlight something that has not been affected by the changing season.
Near my work there is a bike rental spot. I don’t remember them installing it. One day it was just there. In fact, I imagine that I an many other Torontonians walked right past it without seeing it for months, despite the scheme getting some decent press upon its debut. I have never used the system and no nothing about it. I have also never seen anyone using it, and I have never seen the bikes pass me on the street–and I am pretty sure I would have registered it. I mean, I can spot a Pinarello Dogma from quite a distance.
I suppose like all things these days, it can be accessed from your phone using credit cards and paypal and a medium amount of suspicion fuelled trust. There might be forms to fill out or awkward questions to answer, but I don’t think you need to sign away a kidney or anything.
I pass by this spot every day on my way to and from work, but I don’t always notice it. However, because I love cycling and want to encourage more people to ride, I do try and pay attention from time to time. I was surprised that the bikes were still available. I would have guessed that they would safely neglected in some city government warehouse as opposed to casually neglected on the street.