Toronto is a cycling city and that is true more than ever, says a 2019 survey conducted on behalf of the City of Toronto. The survey found that seven in 10 Toronto residents are riding bicycles (70%) and, increasingly, they are using them for everyday trips. This is an increase in cycling rates compared to 54% in 2009 and 48% in 1999. The survey also shows that residents in all areas of the city reported cycling at higher rates than years past.
The 2019 survey also highlights the importance of the City’s investment in new bicycle infrastructure. Toronto residents are twice as likely to say they feel comfortable or somewhat comfortable on major roads with bike lanes/cycle tracks than those without. Respondents to the survey stated that they would like to travel by bike if streets felt safer and there was dedicated bicycle infrastructure to protect them from motor vehicle traffic.
Nanos Research, a research and strategy organization, conducted an online survey of 1,516 Toronto residents, 18 years of age or older, between May 13th to 29th, 2019. The 2009 and 1999 surveys were completed by telephone with individuals aged 15 years or older who resided in the City of Toronto in August and October, respectively.
The Toronto Cycling Network dataset contains the following types of bikeways: cycle tracks, bicycle lanes (including buffered bike lanes and contra-flow bike lanes), neighbourhood routes with sharrows (including wayfinding sharrows), multi-use trails (including off-road and in-boulevard), and signed cycling routes.
Click the link above to visualize the data as a grid, graph, or map, or to download it in several formats, including as a Shapefile or CSV.
Bike to Work days, weeks and months are observed in many cities worldwide. These celebrations raise awareness of the benefits of cycling, and feature events and campaigns that encourage people to discover the joy of cycling.
Each year, Toronto’s Bike Month begins with the morning Bike to Work Day group ride, which takes place on the last Monday of May. This is a joint event between the City of Toronto and Cycle Toronto, where people cycling from each end of the city converge at Nathan Phillips Square to hear speeches from City Councillors and staff, enjoy refreshments, and pick up cycling maps and resources.
Beginning in 2012, the City partnered with Cycle Toronto, to transition Bike Month into a community-based program.
For more information and to view a list of current Bike Month events, please visit bikemonth.ca/toronto.
CAN-BIKE is the only accredited program that teaches cycling rules and safety led by certified CAN-BIKE instructors.
Instructors are knowledgeable about the Highway Traffic Act and teach cycling skills such as anticipating traffic dynamics, recognizing road hazards, and collision-avoidance techniques.
Click here to view upcoming dates and locations for CAN-BIKE Level 4 Advanced Cycling Skills courses, which can be booked through the City’s Recreation Reservations and Programs Registration.