STR's Green Paper on Bicycling for Ontario
Green Paper: When Ontario Bikes, Ontario Benefits – A Green Paper on Bicycling in Ontario [PDF]
In 2010, Share the Road released a Green Paper entitled "When Ontario Bikes, Ontario Benefits". The paper was developed with a number of partners and highlights a variety of important reasons, rooted in research, why bicycling can and should be seen as a solution to the numerous challenges facing our society.
In the paper, we also made a series of reccommendations, including:
- Improve active transportation planning on overpasses
- Enhanced emphasis on consulting active transportation stakeholders as part of the MTO's strategic planning
- Provincial investments in bicycling infrastructure in municipalities and regions via bicycle tourism
- Ensure sustainable funding for cycling skills training and the Active & Safe Routes to School program
- Update the Ontario Driver's Manual to increase the awareness of the rights and responsibilities of all vehicles sharing the road
- Creation of television, radio and print public safety announcements as part of an overall awareness campaign to reinforce the importance of sharing the road
- Funding innovative active transportation research
- Support the development of Bicycle Friendly Business programs in order to encourage businesses to embrace the creation and promotion of cycling facilities, training and encouragement programs
- Amend the Highway Traffic Act to include provisions such as a 1m safe passing law and allowance of contra-flow bike lanes
- Establish a Working Group on Bicycling to provide council and advice to government
It is encouraging to see that several of the recommendations made in 2010 have been implemented over the last 5 years. At Share the Road, we continue to advocate for policies and programs that increase the safety and accessibility of cycling for all Ontarians. There is still much to be done! We encourage you to read the Green Paper and engage in the cycling conversation.