Sidewalk Cycling Motions passed

Last week Toronto's Public Works & Infrastructure Committee passed two cycling related motions. The first motion directs police to enforce sidewalk cycling bylaws and to review ticketing procedures for sidewalk cycling infractions. The second motion is to develop strategies to enforce illegal parking in bike lanes, as well as to remove snow and accelerate repair of utility cuts in bike lanes.

The pairing of these motions is important since the primary reason some cyclists ride on the sidewalk is because their safe travel is being impeded on the streets. And while cycling on sidewalks can put both pedestrians and cyclists at risk, it's important to note that the majority of Toronto cyclists already ride on the road. According to the City of Toronto's 2010 Bicycle Count Report "95% of cyclists rode on the street rather than on the sidewalk".

Posted On: February 1, 2011