News & Media
April 11, 2017: Ontario now has 39 Bicycle Friendly Communities
Share the Road recognized Ontario's newest Bicycle Friendly Communities at the 2017 Ontario Bike Summit. Bronze award recipients include the City of Belleville, the City of Brampton, the Town of Ingersoll, the City of St. Thomas and the Town of Whitby. Click here to view the full release.
Together with the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, Ontario by Bike and the Greenbelt Foundation, the Share the Road Cycling Coalition is calling on the province to continue to invest in building safe spaces to ride a bike. Click here to view the full release.
February 14, 2017: 5 New Bicycle Friendly Community Awards Announced
Share the Road announced today the latest Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards for Ontario. The following communities were awarded new BFC status, all at the Bronze level: The City of Cambridge, The Town of Collingwood, The City of Cornwall, The City of Temiskaming Shores and the Town of Whitby. Kingston, London and Markham were all renewed at the Bronze level. Honourable Mentions were given to The City of Belleville, the Town of Essex, The Town of Midland and Norfolk County.
Award recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony during the 9th Annual Ontario Bike Summit (April 11 & 12, 2017 in Toronto). Click here to view our media release.
June 10, 2016: Stiffer penalties for careless drivers closer to reality
Bill 213 passed second reading at Queen's Park on June 9th. The Bill - tabled by MPP Eleanor McMahon - seeks to increase fines for careless driving causing serious bodily harm or death.
June 8, 2016: Provincial Investment in Cycling through Climate Change Action Plan
Today, the Government of Ontario took an important step towards the goal of seeing Ontario recognized as the best Canadian province for cycling.
The Climate Change Action Plan was launched at a press conference this morning and includes plans to invest $150 - $225 million in cycling infrastructure. A PDF copy of the full Plan is available online here, with specifics about cycling on pages 22 and 63.
The Plan outlines commitments to improving commuter cycling networks, accelerating the implementation of Ontario's Cycling Strategy and building grade-separated cycling facilities. This commitment to cycling has the potential to be truly transformational and to bolster individual, municipal and provincial efforts to fight climate change.
At the 8th Annual Ontario Bike Summit this Spring, the Share the Road Cycling Coalition and Cycle Toronto urged the province to leverage the cap & trade program to invest $200 million in cycling infrastructure over the next 4 years. A copy of our letter can be viewed here. We made this request because building safe spaces for people to cycle can have a huge impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, especially when people hop on their bikes for trips under 5km. We also know that there is a pent up demand for cycling in Ontario and a need to provide residents with meaningful transportation choices.
Share the Road is pleased to see a clear commitment to cycling in the Climate Change Action Plan and we would like to thank all individuals and organizations that submitted letters of support for our ask for a $200 million investment. We look forward to working with our partners and the province to ensure that this investment is rolled out to the maximum benefit of municipalities across Ontario.
May 30, 2016: Bike Summit Looks at Windsor's Cycling Culture
A look at what is happening in Windsor to encourage cycling and next steps as part of the first Windsor Bike Summit. The event was hosted by Bike Windsor-Essex.
May 23, 2016: Building community through bike-friendly planning
A profile of 5 of Ontario's bicycle-friendly communities by Dandyhorse Magazine.
May 20, 2016: Huron County Takes Part in Bicycle Friendly Workshop
A short summary of Share the Road's workshop with Huron County stakeholders.
April 25, 2016: Celebrating Community and Building Bike Infrastructure
A re-cap of the 8th Annual Ontario Bike Summit by Dandyhorse Magazine.
April 20, 2016: Cycling Advocates Call on Province to Invest $200 million in cycling infrastructure
At the 8th Annual Ontario Bike Summit, Share the Road, in partnership with Cycle Toronto, called on the provincial government to leverage the cap and trade program to provide $200 million for cycling infrastructure funding over 4 years. We wrote to the Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation because cycling can play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting our climate change goals, while also providing meaningful transportation choice to Ontario residents. Both Minister Murray and Kathryn McGarry, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, joined us for the summit's keynote breakfast.
We encourage you to join Share the Road and Cycle Toronto and write a letter of your own letting the province know that you support this ask and commitment to providing safer, more connected spaces to cycle. Write your letter to Minister Murray and the Queen's Park All Party Cycling Caucus:
To: "Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Environment & Climate Change" <email@example.com.
April 19, 2016: Three Ontario Communities Receive Bicycle Friendly Community Awards
At the 8th Annual Ontario Bike Summit, Share the Road announced the latest Bicycle Friendly Community awards for Ontario. The following communities were awarded Bicycle Friendly status: Burlington - Silver (moved up from Bronze), Niagara Falls - Bronze (new in 2016) and Mississippi Mills - Bronze (new in 2016). Oakville, Oshawa, Richmond Hill and Welland were renewed at their Bronze designation levels, while Hamilton was renewed with a Silver designation. An Honourable Mention was given to North Bay.
Photos by David Keogh
November 17, 2015: Ontario's First Bicycle Friendly Businesses Announced
On Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 Share the Road recognized Ontario's first recipients of the Bicycle Friendly Business Awards. With the generous support from our partners at The City of Hamilton, The City of Thunder Bay, EnviroCentre, BikeBrampton and Evergreen's We Are Cities Community Innovation Grant, we are pleased to bring the BFB Program, which was developed and proven successful by the League of American Bicyclists, into Canada.
Highlights of the first round of award winners includes:
- 34 employers recognized with BFB Awards: 8 Gold, 10 Silver and 16 Bronze
- Over 24,000 employees in 9 different cities now work at a BFB
- A wide variety of industries represented, from food and beverage service to engineering and consulting to post secondary education, awarded.
October 22, 2015: Province Streamlining Process to Build Off-Road Bike Paths and Recreational Trails
Ontario is helping cities become more sustainable and environmentally friendly by making it easier to build off-road bike paths and large-scale recreational trails.
The province has created a new streamines process for municipalities to submit proposals for environmental assessments on new paths and trails. The new process will be easier and quicker, saving municipalities considerable time, money and effort.
The amendments were proposed by the Municipal Engineers Association and received significant public feedbacl during the province's public consultation. The new environmental assessment process also supports CycleON, the province's long-term strategy to help make Ontario the number one province for cycling in Canada.
July 3, 2015: Ontario Opens Applications for Cycling Skills Training and Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Funding
On Friday, July 3, The Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, MPP Kathryn McGarry announced the opening of the application period for both the $10 Million Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Fund and the $380,000 Cycling Skills Training fund. Share the Road has been advocating for dedicated provincial funding to assist municipalities in building safer cycling facilities since releasing our 2009 Green Paper entitled When Ontario Bikes, Ontario Benefits, and we are extremely pleased to see both of these new pools of funding made available to improve the safety of Ontario's roads for all road users. See our press release here.
MPP Kathryn McGarry with Share the Road Board member Dave McLaughlin, July 3, 2015
On Tuesday, June 2, The Making Ontario's Roads Safer Act (Bill 31) was unanimously passed at Queen's Park. This modernization to the Highway Traffic Act includes provisions that will make Ontario's roads safer for all road users, including people on bikes.
Bill 31 includes:
- 1m safe passing law when passing people on bikes
- Allowance of traffic control signals specific to bikes and contra-flow bike lanes
- Increased fines for "dooring" people on bikes and distracted driving
- Allowance of cycling on paved shoulders of a highway that is divided into two separate roadways
For more information on Bill 31, visit the Legislative Assembly of Ontario's website.
May 28, 2015: Stay Safe, Stay Back Campaign Launched in Ottawa
Share the Road was in Ottawa this week for the launch of our Stay Safe, StayBack campaign. This bilingual campaign includes a video, website, bus-back ads and truck decals. Stay Safe, Stay Backwas developed by Share the Road in partnership with the Canadian Automobile Association and Top Drawer Creative Inc. with translation to French by the City of Ottawa. The objetive of the campaign is to educate both truck drivers and people who bike on the best ways to safely share the road. Specifically, the campaign materials highlight the "no go zone" where people on bikes are invisible to drivers and urges drivers to give cyclists space at intersections.
We were joined in Ottawa for the launch event by Mayor Watson, Ottawa City Councillors, the National Capital Heavy Construction Association, the Canadian Automobile Association and Citizens for Safe Cycling.
Ottawa is the second municipality to adopt the Stay Safe, Stay Backcampaign in Ontario (after Toronto in 2013) and the first to launch the messaging in French. The campaign is available to all municipalities. Connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on how to spread this important messaging or buy decals for your trucks.
Visit www.staysafestayback.ca to view our video!
May 11, 2015: More and more Ontarians warming to cycling
A summary of the Ontario Bike Summit written by Yvette Tendick in the Guelph Mercury.
April 30, 2015: Sometimes a Bike Isn't Just a Bike
Almonte Councillor Jill McCubbin shares her thoughts on the 2015 Ontario Bike Summit, the Bicycle Friendly Communities designation and why communities should invest in cycling.
As part of the 7th Annual Ontario Bike Summit, the Share the Road Cycling Coalition (Share the Road) announced the latest Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards for Ontario.
The following communities were awarded Bicycle Friendly status: Newmarket – Bronze (new in 2015), Thunder Bay – Bronze (new in 2015), Blue Mountains – Silver (moved up from Bronze), Peterborough – Silver (moved up from Bronze) and Toronto – Gold (moved up from Silver). Honourable Mentions were given to Barrie, Cobourg, Cambridge and Ingersoll.
“Share the Road is proud to recognize municipalities that are choosing to invest in cycling,” said Jamie Stuckless, Executive Director of Share the Road. “We know from our research that 54% of Ontarians want to cycle more. This is a call to action being answered in bicycle friendly communities. We congratulate them on their progress and look forward to working with staff and community stakeholders to continue building safe, healthy and connected communities.” (read the media release)