For the years 2010 through 2014, the Share the Road Coalition engaged a research firm to conduct a statistically valid survey of Ontarians’ views on cycling matters. For each of those five years, results showed a clear persistence or a positive trend in strong public support for improved safety and infrastructure for cycling.
Some of the results include:
- 32% of Ontarians choose to ride bikes at least monthly (in season)
- 54% of Ontarians state they want to ride their bikes more often
- 56% of regular drivers express a desire to be able to cycle more often
- 67% of Ontarians state they would be more likely to ride if their community had more and better cycling infrastructure
- 68% of Ontarians support investments in new cycling infrastructure
- 62% of Ontarians think that a portion of road spending should be earmarked for cycling
- 60% of Ontarians support greater investment in cycling education (for cyclists and motorists)
- 68% of Ontarians agree that when people ride a bike regularly, they are healthier and put less
- strain on the healthcare system… the provincial government should invest in cycling infrastructure so that more people could ride a bike more often.
- 66% of Ontarians agree that getting more people on bikes more often benefits everyone, not just cyclists
- Of those who drive a car, 80% at least occasionally choose to ride a bike; of those who cycle regularly, 76% also choose to drive a car when the situation calls for doing so – we’re all just people and sometimes we choose to ride, and sometimes we choose to drive, and sometimes we choose to walk.
- Half of Ontarians think it is important to have more transportation choices (than just a car) for travelling to work, or for shopping and errands.
- Typically support/agreement with pro-cycling action or arguments outnumbers opposed/disagree by a ratio of three or more to one.
For more information from the 2014 StratCom survey, see here.