Why Upgrade Bicycle Lanes?
The 2009 Cycling Study
found that many people want to cycle in Toronto, but do not feel safe riding their bicycles when they have to mix with motor vehicle Traffic. Helping more people get there by bicycle will improve Toronto's roads for all road users.
There are a lot of good reasons to encourage more bicycle use. Using a bicycle to travel up to 10 km in Toronto's core is often faster than driving, and faster than many transit routes. Cycling for transportation is less expensive than driving, leads to improved public health and air quality.
At its July 2011 meeting Toronto Council voted to approve a plan to build cycle track type designs in Toronto's downtown core. On June 6, 2012 Toronto City Council made an additional decision to extend the project area on Wellesley St. to Parliament and Hoskin Ave. Harbord will also be included in it's entirety, between St. George St. and Ossington Ave.
Public Consultation meetings are an important part of the design process, to gather local knowledge from residents about the streets where cycle tracks improvements are being installed. Please use the links at the top right corner of this page to visit the project pages for information about the projects, and public consultation meetings. For general questions, please read our Cycle Track FAQ.
2010 ThinkBike Design Charette
In 2010 Toronto City staff from various City departments including Transportation Services, City Planning, Transportation Planning and Traffic Operations met with visiting European traffic planning experts, to discuss Toronto's downtown traffic, and ways to improve cycling conditions. Learn more