Cycling is on the rise. We have a responsibility to make it as safe as possible.
The Province has released “CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy” with ambitious goals for safe cycling in Ontario.
There are five “aspirational goals”, but it really comes down to one overriding goal undefined make cycling safe. Do this, and cycling will continue to grow in Ontario, with all the resultant health, personal enjoyment, environmental, and economic benefits. The five goals are:
- Ontario is recognized as the best Canadian province for cycling and ranked among the top 10 jurisdictions worldwide for cycling. At least one Ontario city is ranked among the 10 most bike-friendly cities in the world.
- The built environment in most Ontario communities supports and promotes cycling for all trips under 5 km.
- Ontario’s cycling environment is safe for people of all ages, striving to achieve a record of zero fatalities and few serious injuries.
- Ontario’s cities and towns will have interconnected networks of safe cycling routes enabling people to cycle to work, school, home and key destinations.
- Ontario has an integrated province-wide network of cycling routes.
There are five “strategic directions”, but again it really comes down to one all-important directive: make the roads safe for cyclists. In other words, “if you design them, they will come.” These are the five strategic directions:
- Design healthy, active and prosperous communities
- Improve cycling infrastructure
- Make highways and streets safer
- Promote cycling awareness and behavioural shifts
- Increase cycling tourism in Ontario.
There are many cycling networks and advocacy groups that have played a key role in promoting safe cycling.Share the Road – a provincial cycling advocacy organization created to unite cycling organizations from across Ontario and work with and on behalf of municipalities to enhance their ability to make their communities more bicycle- friendly.
Citizens for Safe Cycling – a voluntary association made up of cyclists like you who work for better, safer, environmentally-friendly cycling in the Ottawa area.
Cycle Toronto – a diverse member-supported organization that advocates for a healthy, safe, cycling-friendly city for all.
Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) – formed in 2006 to give a unified voice to the many groups working for a better cycling and pedestrian environment in Toronto.
Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank: combines expert practitioners and academics to address an important gap in knowledge about building more sustainable cities
8-80 Cities – dedicated to transforming cities into places where people can walk, bike, access public transit and visit vibrant parks, streets and other public spaces.
Cycling Action Plans
The strategy is just the wrapping – it’s the plans that matter!
Recommendations are beginning to flow on what should be included in the annual and five year action plans.
Canada Conserves: analysis and recommendations
Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank, TCAT and Cycle Toronto: analysis and recommendations