Feedback for Ontario’s Cycling Strategy

I got a fantastic request from to encourage the Waterloo cycling community to provide their feedback directly to the Province of Ontario on their ‘Cycling Strategy‘ in addition to posting what I’d like Ontario to do for us cyclists.

Ontario has opened up a dialogue with cyclists. But we only have a few weeks before the end of January to give our feedback to their “Cycling Strategy”.

Let the province know what you would like to see Ontario do for cyclists. (When you post your comments to the government website post them here as well, broaden all our views.)


  • Link to Government website providing more info and a submit comments button
  • Link to a good piece from
  • Link to Ontario’s draft Cycling Strategy


Here’s @Roezone‘s rough wishlist before really reading the draft strategy. Once I’ve read it, I’ll repost my thoughts on the strategy.

  • Inclusion of a bicycle safety course as part of the provincial mandatory curriculum in elementary school (say grade 7).
  • Inclusion of cycling awareness in the Ontario Driving Manuals.
  • Upgrade provincial standards for round abouts to include safe cycling paths or lanes, here in waterloo region they plop down a round about and pretend cyclists don’t exist 10 feet before and after, at least that’s where the cycling lanes begin and end. (Usually I just take the lane).
  • Provincial standards for road maintenance of cycling lanes and or sides of roadways; too often cyclists must ride in the gutters that are filled with debris,  potholes, ruts, man hole covers, drainage grates, or it’s the place where ploughs dump all the snow.
  • Whenever a road is resurfaced mandate at least a paved shoulder, painted cycling lane or even better a segregated cycling lane.
  • Launch awareness campaigns on the rights of cyclists to educate drivers. A good start would be the 1 meter passing law followed by at fault accident legislation when a motorist hits a cyclist. Make drivers tremble with fear if they were to ever hit a cyclist or pedestrian.
  • When a new bike is sold in ontario make sure it’s safe … ie. we don’t sell cars without lights, so why do we sell bicycles without them.
  • Legislate away laws prohibiting cyclists on sidewalks of roadways where there isn’t a cycling lane (ie don’t make it illegal to be safe).
  • Decrease speed limits t0 a maximum of 40km/hr in urban areas.
  • Any urban roadway where the speed limit is more than 50km/hr should be accompanied by a segregated bicycle lane (thinking Homer Watson).

5 thoughts on “Feedback for Ontario’s Cycling Strategy

  1. Reading the abstract on the first page of the draft plan, I am mostly optimistic. One big thing does stand out as a negative though: mandatory helmet legislation.

    I use a helmet almost all the time, but I think that forcing adults to do so is likely to be counterproductive. My main concern is that it will put off casual cyclists, as seems to be the case when such a law was introduced in Australia. The other concern is that it will make bike sharing programmes all but unworkable.

  2. I agree with Adam that mandatory helmet use for adults is a non-starter. I think you are on target Graham with re-working roundabouts to make them more usable for non-motorists (the one at Block Line and Homer Watson is particularly irritating). I also second the notion of a parallel MUP for roads like Homer Watson.

  3. I wrote about a month ago with general support for most of what was in the coroner’s report. The one other thing I mentioned that I’d like to see implemented is a better system of police reporting for collisions involving bikes.

    Currently, the information collected by police is not very helpful to cycling activists, law makers or urban planners who want to study the causes for these collisions. If we want to make improvements, we need to know exactly what’s going on. Not just who was at fault, but what exactly they were doing wrong. Not just the street where the collision took place, but *where* on the street (corner, middle of intersection, bike path, etc). None of that information is currently collected, at least not consistently.

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