As part of Ontario's 20-year #CycleON strategy, the province is moving forward with a $25-million investment over three years to create a more cycling-friendly future for the province.
This includes $15 million for cycling routes that provide key connections and linkages on provincial highways, such as paved highway shoulders and barriers on bridges that separate cyclists from vehicles. Early proposals include:
The province has also dedicated $10 million to the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program to help municipalities:
Consultations on the municipal program have concluded and the launch is on track for spring 2015. Work is also underway to identify a province wide network of cycling routes in collaboration with a broad range of cycling stakeholders.
Investing in infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
" We know that working with our partners is key to creating a more cycling-friendly Ontario. We’ll continue to engage municipalities, road users, businesses, advocacy groups and non-governmental organizations to make sure we get it right. "
- Steven Del Duca
Minister of Transportation
" Cycling helps to build more healthy, active and prosperous communities as it generates a wide range of health, economic, environmental, social and other benefits."
- Kathryn McGarry
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation
" We’re pleased to continue our partnership with the province as we share the vision to make Ontario a premier cycling destination in Canada."
- Jamie Stuckless
Executive Director, Share the Road Cycling Coalition