Province Building Cycling Infrastructure
First Cycling Action Plan Supports Safe, Active Transportation
Ontario is proposing to invest $10 million over three years to help municipalities improve cycling infrastructure.
As part of its first Cycling Action Plan, the funding would help municipalities expand their local cycling routes and support connections for a future provincial cycling network. Municipalities can also use the funds to pilot innovative cycling improvements such as new types of lane markings or cycling-specific signage, which could be applied in other communities across the province.
The province will also dedicate $15 million over three years to build cycling infrastructure on provincial highways and bridges, such as paved road shoulders.
These investments are part of #CycleON, a 20-year vision for cycling in Ontario that supports healthier and more active lifestyles, increased tourism opportunities, a greener environment and more sustainable transit. It will be implemented through ongoing, multi-year action plans.
Investing in infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.
- Since 2010, Ontario has added 112 kilometres of paved shoulders along provincial highways.
- Ontario has introduced legislation to improve cycling safety. If passed, it would require motorists to maintain a distance of at least one metre while passing cyclists and introduce harsher penalties for dooring.
- In 2010, two million Canadian visitors spent $391 million while cycling in Ontario — an 18 per cent increase over the previous year.
- According to the Canadian Medical Association, a 10 per cent increase in physical activity could reduce direct health care expenditures by $150 million a year.
- Ontario has the second-lowest cycling injury rate of all Canadian provinces.
“Our goal is to make Ontario the premier cycling province in Canada with options that connect people to their jobs, schools, parks and places of interest right across the province. We committed to providing the people of Ontario with safe, healthy, active transportation choices and today we have taken action to make that commitment a reality.”
“We are pleased to learn about the provincial government's cycling infrastructure plans. There is no better way to explore Ontario's beautiful rural and northern communities than on two wheels. Making our roads safer opens this possibility to more and more people.”