FAQ: What do Ontario residents say?

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.

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.

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  1. Thank you Alan for providing your time, posts and information on why Brockville (and EVERY city) needs more and safer bike/walking routes.

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