Angus Reid Forum poll shows that Torontonians want a safe cycling network built as soon as possible - and are willing to pay for it

An Angus Reid Forum poll shows that 86% of Torontonians support a safe cycling network with 67% of Torontonians wanting the network built in less than 9 years.

The poll, commissioned by Evergreen in partnership with Cycle Toronto, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, and the Metcalf Foundation, shows that Torontonians from across the city strongly support a safe cycling network and they want it built as soon as possible.

Key Findings:

Torontonians support a comprehensive interconnected and safe cycling network.

  • 86% of Torontonians support a safe cycling network
  • Support for a safe cycling network is strong across the entire city - East York (84%); Etobicoke (79%); North York (84%); Scarborough (88%); Old Toronto (88%); and York (85%)  
  • 81% of non-cyclists support a safe cycling network in Toronto

Torontonians want the network built as soon as possible, supporting an accelerated investment to get the job completed in less than 9 years.

  • 67% of Torontonians want an investment of 4.8% per year or more of the City’s transportation budget to build a safe cycling network in less than 9 years. The current budget allocates 2.4% per year, which is insufficient to build the cycling network.

Torontonians see investment in a safe cycling network as one of many smart investments to get Toronto moving

  • 76% of Torontonians agree that a safe cycling network is an important way to get Toronto Moving

A summary of poll results can be accessed here.

Contact:

Robert Plitt, Evergreen,  rplitt@evergreen.ca 647-283-0562
Jared Kolb, Cycle Toronto,  jared@cycleto.ca 416-729-9023
Lucas Melbye, MARU/VCR&C (polling firm), lucas.melbye@maruvcrc.com 647-209-1626