Building a 21st Century Cycling City: Strategies for Action in Toronto
Monday, January 30, 2017 11:54:32 AM
Cycling is already on the rise in Toronto. Between 2006-11 daily bicycle trips increased by 75 percent. A new report, Building a 21st Century Cycling City: Strategies for Action in Toronto, co-authored by the University of Toronto School of the Environment's Dr. Beth Savan and Trudy Ledsham presents an integrated series of recommendations touching on behavioural factors, economic benefits, and policy and infrastructure that could increase the number of cyclists on the streets in the Greater Toronto Area even further. The report suggests that practical steps such as adding bike mechanic courses to high school transportation programs, establishing bike corrals at city events, improving measures to protect the health of vulnerable individuals on the road, seeding not-for-profit bike hubs in areas where there are no commercial bike services available, and promoting the overall health, economic and environmental benefits of cycling would lead to more cyclists on the road. Some interesting findings: gender, age, and type of residence influences whether someone is likely to ride a bike. Released in January, as the sixth and final report in the Metcalf Foundation's Green Prosperity Series, the report is the result of a three-stage consultation process that included local and international researchers, municipal planners, public health experts and transportation advocates.