June is Bike Month. Find out how to take part in the celebration and activities by reviewing the Toronto Bike Month section below or by visiting Bike Month Toronto.

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.

For a full list of Bike Month events, please visit Bike Month Toronto.

Bike to Work Day Group Commute

Each year, Toronto celebrates Bike Month with the morning Bike to Work Day Group Commute. 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 elected officials and staff, enjoy refreshments, and pick up cycling maps and resources.

Going by Bike Webinar – June 13

Join Smart Commute and Cycle Toronto on June 13 from noon to 1 p.m. for an online webinar during which they will show you how to do more of your daily trips by bike and how easy it can be! We’ll walk you through how you can do everything from commuting to work, picking up your kids, and even grocery shopping by bike. Learn about road rules, how to navigate the different types of urban cycling infrastructure, and how to map out a safe and efficient bicycle commute.

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Community Ride along the Toronto waterfront – June 22

Smart Commute Toronto is teaming up with Cycle Toronto for a free Bike Month Community Ride along the Toronto waterfront cycling infrastructure via Queens Quay and the Martin Goodman Trail.  The route is an 8.5 km ride that will loop around Coronation Park and return back to Sherbourne Common. This will be a slow roll suitable for all ages and abilities.

Details:

  • Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Location: Sherbourne Common Park (61 Dockside Dr., Toronto)
  • Route: Sherbourne Common along the Martin Goodman Trail around Coronation Park and back to Sherbourne Common
  • Distance: ~8.5 km

Smart Commute Bike Month Contest

From June 1 to 30, log your cycling trips on the Smart Commute Tool for a chance to win a gift card valued at $100 from The Bay, Canadian Tire, MEC, or PRESTO. Five prizes will be awarded to Smart Commute Toronto workplaces and an additional five prizes for community members that live in Toronto. Bicycle trips of any duration, distance, or destination can be logged as an entry.

Please read the Smart Commute Toronto Bike Month Contest Terms and Conditions and see the guide on how to enter.

Click the links below to view an annual summary of new bikeways in Toronto categorized by type, overall kilometres of bikeway upgrades, and bike parking and Bike Share Toronto statistics.

2023 Cycling Year in Review

2022 Cycling Year in Review

2021 Cycling Year in Review

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.

Key Findings included:

  • The percentage of Toronto residents who report cycling continues to increase
  • The proportion of households that own at least one bicycle has slightly increased
  • Residents of all four districts report cycling at similar rates
  • Toronto residents are twice as likely to say they feel comfortable or somewhat comfortable with major roads with bike lanes/cycle tracks than without bike lanes/cycle tracks
  • Respondents were more likely to say they would like to travel by bike if the street felt safer and there was dedicated bike infrastructure to protect them from 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.

Dive into the data here: (1999, 2009, and 2019)

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.

Operated by the Toronto Parking Authority, Bike Share Toronto is a bicycle sharing service that allows users to make short trips around the city using any of the system’s 6,850 bikes that lock into a network of 625 docking stations. Bike Share Toronto operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year, and has recorded a ridership of more than 15.9 million since its inception in 2011. Bike Share Toronto’s year-over-year average ridership increased by 21% from 2019 to 2020, and by 17% from 2020 to 2021.

Bike Share Toronto was created to provide both locals and visitors with an enjoyable and cost-effective option to walking, taxis, and public transportation. With an expansive network in Toronto, Bike Share Toronto is a fun and easy way to explore the city.

Visit www.bikesharetoronto.com to learn more about renting a bike, locating a station, and pricing.

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.