According to a recent Toronto Star article, Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, Toronto’s new Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Chair is supportive of developing a connected network of curbed cycling routes downtown. A formal motion has not yet been put forward to council.
This proposal comes at a time when evidence from other cities is mounting about the positive impact of installing bike lanes separated from motor-vehicle traffic. Last week a Transport for London study found that cycling is up 70 percent along routes where separated bike lanes were installed.
And last month, 2010 figures from Montreal showed a 35-40% growth in ridership since 2008. According to TCAT’s Benchmarking Active Transportation in Canadian Cities report released last fall, Montreal leads the way in Canada with 78 kilometres of on-street bicycle lanes. By comparison Vancouver has 7 kilometres and Toronto has none.