Cycling Trends and Policies in Canadian Cities

Rutgers University

"This article examines the status of cycling in Canadian cities. [The authors] document trends in cycling over time, as well as differences in cycling levels among different Canadian provinces and metropolitan areas. Perhaps most important, [they] examine the wide range of policies and programs that Canadians have implemented to promote more cycling while also making it safer, more convenient, and more feasible. Some measures have been quite successful and innovative, providing valuable lessons for other countries about how best to increase cycling while improving its safety.

"The article begins with an overview of aggregate time trends and geographic
differences in Canadian cycling levels and injury rates. Most of the policy analysis, however, is focused on six case study cities in Canada's three most populous provinces: Montreal and Quebec City in Quebec; Toronto and Ottawa in Ontario; and Vancouver and Victoria in British Columbia. Since urban transport policy in Canada is determined at the provincial and local level, disaggregate case study analysis is the only way to examine the nature, extent, and impacts of cycling policies in Canada."

Filed in: Community Problems and Solutions, Promoting Walking and Bicycling, Plans and Policies, Transit

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