Early unofficial statistics point to Toronto’s latest protected bike lane joining others across North America in a 100% success rate. Everywhere, without fail, roads upgraded to provide safe passage for those choosing to cycle see overnight growth in ridership.
Research everywhere is consistent – roughly 60% of people say they’d cycle more if they felt safe. Case studies are consistent too – when protected facilities are built, more people choose to ride.
“Prior to the lanes’ installation, the city counted 3,571 daily riders along Bloor. But on Monday, cycling advocacy group Bells on Bloor says they spotted 6,099 bikes over 24 hours.
“That’s an increase of nearly 75 per cent.
“During the morning rush hour, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m, the group counted 660 bikes and 1,105 cars, meaning cyclists represented 37 per cent of all traffic.”