Rochester/Toronto Ferry this Spring!

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    Check out the website for the Ferry here:

    http://www.catsfastferry.com

    I sent them this open letter

    Hello folks,

    I am excited to take the Rochester/Toronto Ferry this spring, and I wish you well in this business venture.

    As a Toronto Cyclist who looks forward to easier access to Rochester, and to the New York State Canalway trail system http://www.canals.state.ny.us/exvac/trail/, I am pleased that your website specifies the rate for bikes at $10 US, plus passengers at $20. That is entirely reasonable, and I intend to use it.

    I am also concerned about the current lack of public transit plans for pedestrians. This demands public discussion. Cabs are an option. But Toronto is very bicycle-friendly, and a bike trail passes right near the docks, that safely heads straight for the heart of downtown and our lovely waterfront.

    http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/cyclingmap_2003.htm

    Why not take advantage of that trail? For example, if you were to announce a change allowing bikes to board for free, (still charging $20 for their riders, as for foot passengers) that could have a very positive impact on the public perception of your service, and it could help reduce your overall environmental impact.

    An SUV, riding your ferry at only $40, (plus passenger fees) can weigh what, 5000 pounds? A bike, at $10, maybe 30 pounds. Would not allowing bikes for free be justifiable also in terms of your hard costs, such as fuel consumption and space usage?

    I am happy to pay the fee for my bike. But I just hope that somehow, your service can help promote healthful recreational opportunities between our two fine cities, and not simply shuttle more traffic (and pollution) between us.

    I look forward to discovering Rochester on my bike, and to making some friends on the other side of the lake.

    All the best,

    Vincent de Tourdonnet

    Musical Theatre Writer/Director

    416-536-5225
    [email protected]
    http://www.geocities.com/vdetourdonnet/
    393 1/2 Roncesvalles #2
    Toronto, ON M6r 2N1 Canada

    Sent to The Toronto STAR [email protected]
    And the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle [email protected]
    POSTED TO http://www.cyclingforums.com/f75
    Sent to The Toronto STAR [email protected]
    And the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle [email protected]
    POSTED TO http://www.cyclingforums.com/f75
     
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