Transportation accounts for about one-third of the greenhouse emissions (GHG) in Toronto. We have to change how we get around our city.

By 2050:

  • 100 per cent of vehicles in Toronto will use low-carbon energy.
  • 75 per cent of trips under 5 km will be walked or cycled.

Learn more about how we’ll #TransformTO and check out these sustainable commuting options.

Checkout Cycling in Toronto to discover what the City of Toronto can offer to cyclists

Bicycle User Group Network

Designed to encourage and support cyclists who want to improve cycling in their workplace, neighbourhood, community, or school, the Bicycle User Group (BUG) Network offers free information on everything from how to fix a flat tire to how to prevent bike theft.

Toronto Cycling Map

Use this map to plan your route to work, school, or simply get out and enjoy the city. The maps are available (while supplies last) at Civic Centreslibrariescommunity centres and bike specialty shops, or you can download the map.

Toronto Cycling App

Get real-time stats on your speed, distance, calories burned, and greenhouse gas offset when you download this app, and you’ll help to improve cycling infrastructure in the City at the same time.

Toronto Bike Month

Designed to celebrate cycling, Bike Month kicks off with Bike to Work Day and the annual group commute to Nathan Phillips Square on the last Monday in May. Hundreds of cycling events take place across the city during Bike Month.

Safety Tips

Learn how to ride more safely, with safety videos and information.

CAN-BIKE Courses

Accredited CAN-Bike Cycling courses can help you learn to ride or improve your cycling skills.

Carpool Match

Use the Smart Commute Online Tool to find carpool match.

Smart Commute

Smart Commute works with employers and property owners to promote sustainable commuting options – cycling, walking, public transit, and carpooling – to employees and tenants.

Public transit contributes to a healthy economy and environment, and is a great way to get around.

Unnecessary idling, which occurs when a vehicle’s engine is left running when the vehicle isn’t moving, occurs in many places including roadways, restaurant drive-throughs, GO stations, hospitals, and schools. 

What you can do!

When parked for more than 10 seconds, turn off your engine. Idling longer than 10 seconds uses more fuel and produces more CO2 than restarting the engine. Read this study by the US Department of Energy.

Health impacts of idling

Reducing unnecessary idling helps to protect the health of everyone including children, pregnant women, older people and people with existing respiratory problems. It’s particularly important not to idle near schools, hospitals, parks, daycares, and long-term care homes. Learn more about air pollution and your health.

Idling wastes money

If the average Toronto driver avoided idling for just 3 minutes a day, he or she could save almost $33 in fuel costs per year (assuming a fuel cost of $1.00/L). Learn more about idling costs and impact from Natural Resources Canada. 

It’s the law

Toronto’s idling control bylaw, passed in 1996, was the first stand-alone idling control bylaw in Canada. Excessive idling in Toronto is illegal and can result in a fine of up to $5,000 – City of Toronto Bylaw 517. Learn more about Toronto’s Idling Control By-law.

Vehicles and climate change

Turning off your engine, rather than idling your car, is a small and easy way to burn less fuel and emit less CO2. Vehicles are the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto today.  It is estimated that Toronto drivers could be causing 105 million tonnes of CO2 each year as a result of idling. Learn more about vehicle emissions and climate change.

 

 

City Maps

Find the City’s Parks and Trails maps and other helpful maps here.

Discovery Walks

Discovery Walks is a program of 12 self-guided walks that link city ravines, parks gardens, beaches and neighbourhoods. Signage along some of the routes provides information on the area’s heritage and environment.

Self-Guided Walking Tours

The City offers many self-guided walking tours. You can download and print the maps and walk details.

Toronto Greeters Program

Toronto wants the world to discover all our city has to offer. And how better to do that than by putting the world in touch with the people who know and love Toronto the best. Toronto Greeters offer free visits to Toronto’s vibrant neighbourhoods and themed districts so you can discover the real Toronto guided by the people who live here.

Vehicles are the source of approximately one-third of Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Switching passenger, freight and transit vehicles from gasoline and diesel to electric and other low-carbon fuels is a central part of the City’s plan to reduce GHG emissions to net zero by 2050, or sooner. The transition to electric and other low-carbon fuels will also significantly reduce local air pollutants that affect the health of Toronto residents.

Learn more about Electric Vehicles.