Almost two-thirds of Toronto residents think the city should invest in bicycle infrastructure downtown, a new poll reveals.
The Forum Research poll provided exclusively to the Toronto Sun, found only around one-third of those polled cycle in the city but more than 60% think the city should spend cash on separated lanes on major streets and other bike roadwork.
The poll — conducted between May 1 and May 5 — also found around 50% are opposed to licensing cyclists while 40% agree with the idea and 10% don’t know yet.
“While relatively few use their bikes as primary transport, Torontonians recognize the importance of having a mix of transportation modes in this city, including bicycles, and even those who don’t ride have an interest in bike infrastructure,” Forum president Lorne Bozinoff said in a statement.
Here’s a rundown of the bike poll:
“Do you agree or disagree bicyclists should be licensed in the city?”
- Agree – 40%
- Disagree – 50%
- Don’t know – 10%
“Do you agree or disagree the city should invest in more bicycle infrastructure downtown, including separated lanes on major streets?”
- Agree – 61%
- Disagree – 33%
- Don’t know – 7%
“Do you ride a bicycle in the city?”
- Yes – 32%
- No – 68%
On your bike ride (answers from those who bike in the city):
“Do you commute to work or school by bicycle in good weather?”
- Yes – 44%
- No – 56%
“How often do you ride a bicycle in good weather?”
- Every day – 8%
- Several days a week – 27%
- Once or twice a week – 31%
- Less often than once a week – 25%
The poll was an interactive voice response telephone survey of 822 Toronto residents. Forum considers the results accurate +/-3%, 19 times out of 20.