Cycle Toronto publishes position statements on a range of topics. Click through to read more.
Infrastructure Creation, Maintenance, and Enforcement
Cycle Toronto advocates for adequate funding and political support for cycling infrastructure.
Protected bike lanes
Riding on busy, crowded streets, mixed in with fast moving cars can be a stressful experience for anyone riding a bicycle. Ridership rises when biking is easy, safe and comfortable.
We support the installation of sharrows as pavement markings in limited circumstances, only when used alongside other measures to improve the safety of people biking.
Cycling on sidewalks
We believe that cycling on sidewalks puts both people walking and biking at risk, and urge cyclists to avoid riding on sidewalks. However, in some situations, the road may be so unsafe that the cyclist's safest option is to ride on the sidewalk.
We are opposed to the licensing and registration of cyclists on the grounds that it creates a disincentive to cycle, and creates unnecessary administrative burdens and costs to taxpayers while not providing any discernible benefit.
Active and e-mobility
Cycle Toronto supports all kinds of active mobility and e-mobility devices that allow people to move about safely.
Shared space is a broad term for a street design concept whereby all street users, including motor-vehicles, share a space without physical or delineated separation. Here's where we think it could work.
We support and encourage the use of helmets by cyclists of all ages, but also recognize an adult’s right to make their own choice. We are opposed to making helmet use mandatory for adults.
Realigning Default City of Toronto Arterial Streetscape
Current design standards for arterial roads put trees in planters, but planting trees in soil cells between the roadway can reinforce the safety of cycle tracks and sidewalk.
Cycle Toronto supports Rolling Stops as a safe and effective way for people on bikes to approach intersections controlled by stop signs.
More Advocacy topics
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Cycling and transit: complementary forms of mobility
Bus-only lanes could make transit more accessible in Toronto; let’s unite cycling and transit to expand mobility across the city