In fact it's with near certainty that people took the bikes in the morning and rode them downtown to their jobs and nobody is riding them back uptown. That's the opposite of heavy use.As the Bike Share folk are not too good at filling empty (or emptying full) racks I am not sure I would assume that just because a rack is empty means it is heavily used!
I actually did this today for the first time. I live downtown so I don't usually take the subway but needed to get from Bay/College to Warden as quickly as possible. Got a bike share at Bay/College, dropped it at Bay Station and got on the subway. Got to my destination in 30 mins while avoiding packed trains on Yonge and being able to get a seat by getting on before Bloor-Yonge.I think it will be a more common use case to bike to the subway station and take the train downtown than riding bike share all the way downtown, once there are at least a few more stations around the area.
Frankly, the TTC running BikeShare does not sound like a good idea; they need to concentrate on getting their current operations under control (headways, headways, headways) before taking anything over. TPA seems to have run it pretty well and IF the TTC proves it can run things it NOW has then MAYBE it makes sense to give them more to do.Speaking to a senior TTC executive, the TTC is getting serious about taking over BikeShare and the Parking Authority isn't interested in keeping it. It's always been an odd fit. I think it would make a lot of sense in an era when the Province may be taking heavy rail away from the city. The TTC could focus on local transit: streetcars, buses, bikes.