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Province to Invest $25M in Cycling

The investment will help create a cycling infrastructure across the province.

Torontonians could enjoy more bike lanes, new signage, and extended bike routes soon, thanks to a new $25-million investment from the province that will fund cycling infrastructure across Ontario over the next three years.

On April 14, the provincial government announced the investment as part of its #CycleON Action Plan 1.0. #CycleON is a 20-year strategy to improve cycling in the province through a series of ongoing, multi-year action plans. This first action plan lays out steps to “design active, healthy and prosperous communities”; improve cycling infrastructure; make streets and highways safer; “promote cycling awareness and behavioural shifts”; and increase opportunities for cycling tourism.

A Ministry of Transportation spokesperson says that of the total $25 million investment, $10 million will be earmarked for the expansion of cycling routes in Toronto and other municipalities. Toronto will be able to apply for the funding through a cost-shared program.

The remaining $15 million will go toward building cycling infrastructure on provincial highways and bridges.

Both urban and rural cycling infrastructure projects can get pricey, says Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina). He participated in #CycleON’s strategy workshop and says, “Even something as easy as putting a line on a road can be very expensive.”

While Layton says the project is still in the early stages of funding allocation, he notes “it’s encouraging that the province is willing to set aside money for cycling-related projects.”

Comments

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Are you supposed to pronounce the hashtag in this official government plan’s name?

  • Notcleverguy

    ” He participated in #CycleON’s strategy workshop and says, “Even
    something as easy as putting a line on a road can be very expensive.”

    So can painting existing ones out for no reason at all, except for cyclists being one of your pet peeves, a la “mayor” Ford.

    • rich1299

      What amazed me about that was how much more expensive it was to remove the Jarvis bike lanes than it cost to put them in place.

      • Notcleverguy

        Completely, and with zero reasonable explanation as to why.

  • HotDang

    What a load of horse shit.

    • dsmithhfx

      It will be used to build bike paths in at-risk ridings.

      • OgtheDim

        All of Scarborough is at risk of not being Liberal, so they get a subway…kind of.

        • dsmithhfx

          And this is likely more of the same.

    • AboveTheCity

      I know it’s hard for people to get their heads around, but more people on more bikes, is a positive thing in a number of ways.

      • HotDang

        And a pittance of funding will go a long way toward accomplishing jack shit in that regard.

        • rich1299

          At least its the first ever “pittance” from the province for cycling infrastructure.

  • KeithB

    Nice to see some $$ spent on bicycle infrastructure.
    However, instead of a war on the car how about a war on the stupid.
    Bicycle, car, motorcycle or pedestrian, it’s all just people making stupid decisions that lead to accidents.
    You want to “share the road?” then share the legal requirements and the cost and …
    USE YOUR HEAD!