For Immediate Release
September 3, 2013
Ontario’s new Cycling Strategy: bold vision applauded; bold action still required
Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), Cycle Toronto and the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank applaud the Aug 30th release by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) of#CycleON, Ontario’s Cycling Strategy.
The Cycling Strategy is a 20-year vision that outlines actions to promote cycling across Ontario as a legitimate and practical mode of transportation. It aims to provide strategic direction to create an Ontario where cycling “is recognized, respected, and valued as a core mode of transportation that provides individuals and communities with health, economic, environmental, social, and other benefits”.
TCAT, Cycle Toronto and the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank were invited members of the Cycling Strategy Working Group formed by Minister of Transportation Glen Murray to provide advice and direction on the development of the first bicycle policy update in Ontario since 1992. Minister Murray and MTO have provided important leadership on this issue, but transformational change must be coordinated with other Ministries and stakeholders.
The new Cycling Strategy forms a solid and bold policy base to help shape a safer and more accessible transportation system for all Ontarians, regardless of mode of transportation. While we’re thrilled to see such a bold vision in place, we need equally bold action to carry us there.
“This strong strategy to advance cycling in Ontario sets a clear direction to improve the conditions for cycling and to promote cycling as a positive transportation choice. We look forward to seeing implementation steps in the near future, to turn this great vision into a concrete reality for Ontario.”
— Beth Savan, Principal Investigator, Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank, University of Toronto
Below are four initial priorities we have identified to translate policy into action:
With a strong strategy in place, the time to act is now. We are collectively committed to continue our work with the provincial government to take this important document from policy to practice. Over the coming months we will work collaboratively with other stakeholders to develop multi-year action plans that translate the goals and strategic directions of the Cycling Strategy into specific projects and initiatives.
Nancy Smith Lea, Director, TCAT
Jared Kolb, Executive Director, Cycle Toronto
The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), a project of Clean Air Partnership, conducts research and advances knowledge and evidence to build support for cities that are safe, convenient, and enjoyable communities to walk and bike.
Cycle Toronto is a diverse member-supported organization that advocates for a healthy, safe, cycling-friendly city for all and currently represents more than 2,300 Torontoians.
The Cycling Think & Do Tank is a multidisciplinary, multi-sector research project focused on increasing cycling as a primary transportation choice. It is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).