Studying Toronto

Toronto is developing a new 10-year plan to Connect, Grow, and Renew it's cycling network.
To identify which Cycling Network projects could have the greatest benefit, the City is using a set of eight evaluation criteria to study our City.

Roadways are being analyzed for how well the addition of cycling infrastructure would serve the public at that location, based on Connectivity, Coverage, Crossing Barriers, Current Demand, Potential Demand, how well the route would serve Trip Generators, Safety and how well the route would serve areas of high Population and Employment Density.

Throughout the Month of May 2015, the City of Toronto is releasing maps which visualize each of these evaluation criteria.
 


Current CYCLING Demand   
measuring existing rates of bicycle use, in different parts of toronto

This analysis highlights areas of the city where there are currently high volumes of cycling traffic, to visualize where the greatest number of existing cyclists could benefit from new or upgraded bikeways.
Data source: 2011 Toronto Transportation Tomorrow Survey (TTS) - total cycling trips.

 


Potential Demand
MeasUring where people are making a lot of short trips (under 5km) by car or transit

This analysis highlights areas where there is currently a high demand for short trips not currently being made by bicycle, that could potentially be completed by bicycle in future.
Data source: 2011 TTS non-cycling and non-walking trips of 5 km or less.

Coverage
IDENTIFYING parts of the City that currently lack bikeways

This analysis applies a buffer (up to 500m) around the existing network to quantify the number of new residents and/or employees that could be served, if a proposed new cycling route were added to the existing network.
Data Source: City of Toronto

Barriers
identifying which ones do we need to cross and the cost 

This analysis will will identify opportunities to provide safer crossings where none exist, within 1km in either direction from a barrier, including highways, railways, rivers, ravines, etc.  It will also consider opportunities to improve existing crossings. 
Data Source: City of Toronto

 

SAFETY
IDENTIFYING WHERE VEHICLE-BICYCLE COLLISIONS HAVE OCCURRED

The maps depict the locations of reported collisions involving cyclists. The intensity of the markings reflects the relative number of collisions that were reported at each location from 2009 to 2013.

Because collision frequency is often directly related to the number of trips made, the City Wide Planning Area and the Core Planning Area were analysed separately to account for the higher proportion of bicycle traffic in the Core Planning Area.  In terms of collision frequencies, the lightest markings represent 1 collision on both maps, whereas the highest frequency locations for the City Wide and Core areas were 9 and 18, respectively, which represent the highest possible values for the darker markings.  


TRIP GENERATORS
IDENTIFYING ATTRACTIONS, DESTINATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR MULTI-MODAL TRAVEL

This analysis will measure the number of key trip generators served by a bikeway project, including: secondary and post-secondary schools, GO and TTC stations and major attractions such as community centers, malls and museums/galleries.
Data Source: City of Toronto

 

POPULATION AND EMPLOYMENT DENSITY
IDENTIFYING WHERE SHORT TRIPS ARE VIABLE

This analysis will map the number of residents and jobs per square kilometer to visualize the extent to which the network as a whole is serving the areas of the city where the greatest number of people could access the cycling network.
Data source: Toronto City Planning - population and employment distributions

 

CONNECTIVITY
IDENTIFYING AREAS OF HIGH AND LOW NETWORK COHESION

This analysis will highlight bikeway projects that can close gaps in the existing network, by providing cycling-friendly connections between nearby routes.  The result will be more routing options for cyclists using those facilities.
Data Source: City of Toronto


Which criteria are the most important to you?

Learn more about the Public Consultation we are doing to develop the Cycling Network Plan