In 2001, Toronto City Council approved the Toronto Bike Plan. This comprehensive visioning document included policy recommendations for bicycle friendly streets, safety, education, bike-transit integration and bike parking programs, and the recommendation that Toronto develop a bikeway network that would be accessible to every Toronto resident.
Most of the downtown Cycling Network Routes recommended in the 2001 Bike Plan have been installed. The goal of this 2015 Cycling Network Plan is to further enhance the existing network in the downtown, by adding more new routes, and enhancing existing routes.
Most of the routes recommended in 2001 for Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke have not been installed. The goal of this 2015 Cycling Network Plan is learn lessons from the past 10 years about what did not work in these areas and why, and re-evaluate what we can do now to make these parts of Toronto great places to ride a bike moving forward.
What We've Achieved since 2001
- 45 new bicycle signals have been installed, with 14 more planned as part of upcoming projects
- 16 bicycle/pedestrian bridges constructed, with 23 more planned as part of upcoming projects.
- There are over 17,000 post-and-ring bicycle racks installed city-wide – more than any other North American city.
- Bike Share Toronto is available for use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- The new zoning-bylaw and bicycle parking guidelines for developers will ensure that all new buildings provide secure bicycle parking.
- TTC buses have been equipped with bike racks.
- Both Toronto's network of Cycle Tracks, and the Central Waterfront Trail are plowed and salted in the winter, to support year-round cycling.
- Toronto’s Union Bicycle Station, a high-security bicycle parking facility, helps GO and TTC users travel their final mile into Toronto's core.
- More Toronto staff are using bicycles as part of their jobs. Police Officers, By-law inspectors, EMS staff, parks and Transportation staff use
bikes with the support of the employee CANBIKE training program.
- Toronto distributes 100,000 cycling maps annually as a free public service .