Once Again, Build It And They Will Ride

New parking-protected bike lane on Toronto's Bloor St just prior to completion.
New parking-protected bike lane on Toronto’s Bloor St,  just prior to completion.

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.”

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Author: Alan Medcalf

Alan is a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario. He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.