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.
As part of our work, we coordinate programs, events and advocacy efforts across the province, including:
- Our Bicycle-Friendly Communities program, which now recognizes 44 municipalities as Bronze, Silver or Gold;
- The Annual Ontario Bike Summit, with the 11th edition taking place on April 1 and 2, 2019 in Toronto;
- Greg's Ride, hosted each September in memory of OPP Sergeant Greg Stobbart, and;
- Acting as a voice for cycling at Queen's Park and successfully advocating for infrastructure funding ($120 million to date) and policy changes that make it safer and more convenient to ride a bicycle.
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.
Share the Road works 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. Since 2008, we have 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
- $93 million for commuter cycling infrastructure through the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program and up to $225 million through the Climate Change Action Plan
- Supporting amendments to the Highway Traffic Act that have led to increased fines for "dooring" cyclists, the institution of a 1m safe passing law and tougher distracted driving penalties
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 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
- Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
- Ride your bike!