The Strategy describes what the Ontario Government is currently doing to encourage cycling, as well outlining what the Ministry will do to further advance it. The Strategy aims to provide a policy framework that will:
- Enhance cycling infrastructure in the province
- Enhance cycling safety through education and legislation
- Ensure relevancy through monitoring, researching and coordination
The Strategy is intended to replace the Ministry’s Bicycle Policy, which was released in 1992.
In addition to the internal work the Ministry has completed, the recommendations of the recently released Cycling Death Review from the Chief Coroner of Ontario have been considered, and a number of them have been incorporated into the Strategy. These include:
- Providing the purchasers of bicycles with cycling safety information,
- Initiating consultations on legislative and/or regulatory changes regarding cycling on paved shoulders,
- Public education for drivers and cyclists, in collaboration with road safety organizations,
- Updating the Driver Handbooks to enhance the safety of all road users, including cyclists,
- Reviewing and updating the Highway Traffic Act to improve cycling safety, and
- Leading the identification of a province-wide cycling network.
Read more about the policy consultation here