What We Do
The Share the Road Cycling Coalition is a provincial cycling advocacy organization working to build a bicycle-friendly Ontario. We work in partnership with municipal, provincial and federal governments, the business community, road safety organizations and other non-profits to:
- Enhance access for bicyclists on roads and trails
- Improve safety for all bicyclists
- Educate citizens on the value and importance of safe bicycling for healthy lifestyles and healthy communities.
Since our launch in 2008, Share the Road has worked to unite Ontarians in support of cycling, build capacity among active transportation stakeholders and act as an effective partner, strong ally and political force.
- Bicycle-Friendly Communities program
- 7th Annual Ontario Bike Summit (March 31 & April 1, 2015 in Toronto)
- Greg's Ride (September 2015 in Milton)
- OntarioCAN and our Advocacy Toolkit
Share the Road began in memory of OPP Sergeant Greg Stobbart, the husband of our Founder Eleanor McMahon, who was killed in a cycling tragedy in June 2006.
As our Founding CEO, Ms. McMahon worked to engineer legislative change in Ontario, unite cycling organizations from across the province and work with and on behalf of municipalities to enhance their ability to make their communities more bicycle-friendly. Between 2008 and 2014, Ms. McMahon championed advocacy efforts that have changed the cycling conversation and led to significant developments in support of cycling, including:
- The launch of #CycleON, Ontario's first bicycle policy update in 20 years
- "Greg's Law" targeting suspended drivers and repeat offenders
- $25 million for cycling insfrastructure in Ontario
- Tabling of amendments to the Highway Traffic Act that will see increased fines for "dooring" cyclists and the institution of a 1m safe passing law
In June 2014, Ms. McMahon was elected as the MPP for Burlington. After her election, she resigned from her work with Share the Road. She now brings her extensive background in communications, government relations and marketing to her new role representing her constituents and to her work as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Foresry.
The core of our strength as an organization comes from people. Our work is fuelled by a talented volunteer Board of Directors, our passionate staff team, the support of valued partners and by you.
There are several ways you can be involved with Share the Road's work:
- Subscribe to our newsletter for regular updates
- Attend our Annual Ontario Bike Summit
- Participate in the OntarioCAN Advocacy Network
- Download our Advocacy Toolkit and connect with decision makers in your area
- Participate in Greg's Ride, or support the ride as a volunteer
- Encourage your municipality to apply for a Bicycle-Friendly Communities designation
- Make a donation in support of our work
- Purchase a Share the Road jersey or bumper magnet and proudly display your support of Share the Road
- Ride your bike!