From the Ontario government website today:
Ontario Moves Forward on Cycling Strategy
McGuinty Government Improving Road Safety
November 30, 2012 10:00 am
Ministry of Transportation
Ontario is looking for public input on how to encourage and improve cycling safety across the province.
A draft cycling strategy has been released for public feedback until Jan. 29, 2013. It outlines potential improvements to cycling infrastructure, public education and legislation, including:
- Creating a provincial cycling network to connect destinations and establish recreational cycling and tourism routes.
- Supporting municipalities in the development of local cycling networks, including making cycling infrastructure eligible for funding under the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy.
- Running public education campaigns with cycling safety partners such as Share the Road, the Canadian Automobile Association and EnviroCentre.
- Updating the Driver’s Handbook to include better guidelines for cycling and sharing the road with other vehicles.
- Providing cycling safety and bike maintenance information with any new bike sold.
- Consulting with the public, cycling groups and municipalities on possible amendments to the Highway Traffic Act to support cycling.
Supporting cycling is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to enhance quality of life for Ontario families and ensure a strong, green economy for future.
Between 1988 and 2009, cyclist fatalities were down 70 per cent and major injuries were down 64 per cent.
During the spring, summer and fall, about 630,000 Ontarians cycle on a daily basis.
About two million Ontarians ride a bike at least once a week during spring, summer and fall.