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Posted December 3, 2012


Ontario Moves Forward on Cycling Strategy

Queens Park - Ontario is looking for public input on how to encourage and improve cycling safety across the province.

A draft cycling strategy has been released for public feedback until Jan. 29, 2013. It outlines potential improvements to cycling infrastructure, public education and legislation, including:

• Creating a provincial cycling network to connect destinations and establish recreational cycling and tourism routes.
• Supporting municipalities in the development of local cycling networks, including making cycling infrastructure eligible for funding under the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy.
• Running public education campaigns with cycling safety partners such as Share the Road, the Canadian Automobile Association and EnviroCentre.
• Updating the Driver’s Handbook to include better guidelines for cycling and sharing the road with other vehicles.
• Providing cycling safety and bike maintenance information with any new bike sold.
• Consulting with the public, cycling groups and municipalities on possible amendments to the Highway Traffic Act to support cycling.

Supporting cycling is part of the McGuinty government's plan to enhance quality of life for Ontario families and ensure a strong, green economy for future.

“We need your input to ensure Ontario has the right strategy in place to support and encourage safe cycling in the province. We will continue consultations on a made-in-Ontario strategy so that our roads remain the safest in North America.” — Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

“An over-arching vision for safe cycling is a critical step forward for our province, and the Share the Road Cycling Coalition is pleased to see the government take this step. We look forward to continuing to work with Minister Chiarelli, officials in the Ministry of Transportation and indeed those across government to develop a robust strategy for Ontario. Public input is critical and we encourage all of our stakeholders across the province to participate in this important process." — Eleanor McMahon, CEO and Founder, Share the Road Cycling Coalition.

“Ontario’s doctors are very pleased the McGuinty government has introduced a draft cycling strategy, which includes several recommendations that were released in the OMA’s policy paper, ‘Enhancing cycling safety in Ontario.’ The government’s strategy will create new opportunities for safer cycling through improved driver education and improvements to infrastructure that would move cyclists out of traffic where possible, and provide a safer environment on shared roads.” — Dr. Doug Weir, President, Ontario Medical Association

“The Ontario Draft Cycling Strategy is welcomed, given that many municipalities are looking at how to fit cycling safely into the mix. AMO looks forward to working with the Province to finalize a strategy that serves our communities’ transportation goals and safety needs.”

— Russ Powers, President, Association of Municipalities of Ontario


§ Between 1988 and 2009, cyclist fatalities were down 70 per cent and major injuries were down 64 per cent.

§ During the spring, summer and fall, about 630,000 Ontarians cycle on a daily basis.

§ About two million Ontarians ride a bike at least once a week during spring, summer and fall.

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