New report on cycling potential in the Toronto region garners attention
Last week, Ryerson University, in collaboration with TCAT, released a new report that has garnered regional attention by revealing that the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) could shift over 4 million trips a day, or one third of all trips, from motor vehicle to bicycle. Some other key findings:
- more than half (53%) of potentially cyclabe trips are short (1-3 kms). All municipalities, both urban and suburban, produce very high volumes of these short trips;
- over a quarter (27.5%) of school trips by students aged 11-16 could be cycled, while currently only 1.1% are;
- one in five (22%) of GO Transit access and egress trips could be cycled;
- areas with population density, land use mix, dedicated cycling facilities and safer streets (low speed) are positively associated with cycling uptake;
- only 30% of GTHA cycling trips are made by women yet women currently make up more trips that can potentially be cycled (54%) compared to men (46%);
- only 2% of the GTHA’s roads have bike infrastructure (bike lanes, cycle tracks).
The report has received great media pick-up (e.g. Metro Morning, CBC News, Toronto Star, Radio Canada International, The Morning Edition K-W) and has inspired others to conduct similar analyses outside the GTHA. The Tri-Cities Transport Action Group (TriTAG) found that 35% of trips in the Region of Waterloo fit the criteria to be considered cyclable.
The study is available for download from Ryerson’s website or TCAT’s website.
Posted On: October 20, 2016