AMBITIOUS ONTARIO CYCLING PLAN UNVEILED

Nov 30, 2012

By Michael Kramer

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A network of bike lanes criss-crossing Ontario is being considered in the province’s draft cycling strategy.

The plan includes a proposal for existing cycling routes to be connected with  a system allowing cyclists to pedal across the province without stopping.

It points to a similar cycling network in Quebec that generates an estimated $100-million annually or $30,000 per kilometre of bike route.

The draft strategy also contemplates freeing up more provincial funding for municipal cycling infrastructure, running public safety campaigns and kicking off separate consultations on amending the Highway Traffic Act, which sets rules on cycling.

It notes that almost half of Ontarians hop on a bike at least once a week from spring through fall.

The public is asked to send in their views on the draft strategy before the end of January.

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