ENHANCE AND EXPAND ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
Active transportation, including walking, cycling, roller-blading and movements with mobility
devices, is a healthy, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way to travel. In the GTHA, it is
estimated that 17 per cent of all trips are walkable (i.e. less than two kilometres in length) and 40
per cent are bikeable (i.e. less than five kilometres in length); however, walking and cycling
currently account for just five per cent of all work trips and 32 per cent of all school trips in the
region. An effective transportation system is one that makes provision for, and encourages,
walking, cycling and other forms of active transportation.
BIG MOVE #4
Complete walking and cycling networks with bike-sharing programs.
2.1 Plan and implement complete, integrated walking and cycling networks for the GTHA, including Toronto’s PATH system, that address key barriers such as bridges over 400-series highways, rail corridors and major rivers, and missing sidewalks on major roads. The cycling networks will bring every GTHA urban resident to within a maximum of one kilometre of a dedicated bicycling facility. This will be supported by a provincial funding commitment increased over time to at least $20 million per year for municipalities to complete the walking and cycling networks.
2.2 Create pilot bike-sharing programs in major urban centres.
2.3 Research, standardize and promote best practices to integrate walking and cycling in road
design, such as scramble intersections, bike boxes, and signal prioritization.
2.4 Install bike racks on all buses and Light Rail
Transit (LRT) vehicles and amend both the
Highway Traffic Act (Section 109) and the
Public Vehicles Act (Sections 23 and 24) so
that transit vehicles with bike racks do not
require special permits.
2.5 Establish a coordinated, region-wide bicycle registry with the ability to report and search
for stolen bikes.
2.6 Consider changes to the Highway Traffic Act that implement the 1998 recommendations of
the Regional Coroner for Toronto to provide greater clarity with respect to the relationship
between motorists and cyclists in areas such as safety equipment, lane positioning and
2.7 Implement or expand safe cycling training programs, similar to the Commuter Cycling Skills
Course offered in the Vancouver area, or the CAN-BIKE courses offered by municipalities
2.8 Undertake Active Transportation Master Plans and incorporate them into municipal
Transportation Master Plans.
BikeLinx is a $5 million Metrolinx initiative that will make it easier for
people in the GTHA to combine bicycling with transit. Through the BikeLinx program, Metrolinx has provided funding to GTHA
municipalities to equip every bus in their transit fleets with an external bike rack and to install permanent,
secure and sheltered bicycle parking facilities at major transit stops.
2.9 Opportunities for promoting active transportation and connecting key destinations,
including mobility hubs and major transit station areas, shall be identified and implemented
when designing greenways strategies and park systems.
2.10 Enabling Official Plan policies to support active transportation shall be adopted. Where
appropriate, the bonusing provisions under the Planning Act should be used to require that
any application for major commercial, employment or multiple residential development,
particularly in a mobility hub, provides appropriate facilities for cyclists and pedestrians
such as secure bike storage, showers and change rooms.
2.11 School catchment areas shall be defined, and school campuses shall be designed, to
maximize walking and cycling as the primary means of school travel.
2.12 Sidewalks should be required on all new regional and new local roads inside