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Ontario Bike Summit Opens in Hamilton With Release of New Province-Wide Polling Data on Cycling in Ontario

HAMILTON, Ontario, May 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Share the Road Cycling Coalition (The Coalition) Ontario's cycling advocacy and policy organization today released province-wide polling data at the opening of the 15th annual Ontario Bike Summit. The data outlines that there is a high prevalence of cycling amongst Ontarians, that the majority of Ontarians want to cycle more often, and that increased investment by governments in cycling infrastructure is something that a majority of Ontarians support. 

The poll was conducted by Crestview Strategies (Toronto) with a representative sample of 1000 adult Ontario residents balanced and weighted on age, gender, and region from April 19-22nd 2023, with a comparative margin of error of +/-3.1 per cent.

The findings are outlined below:

Ontarians are cyclists ? and motorists too



There is pent up demand for cycling in Ontario



There is strong support for action from the provincial government on cycling



Perceptions related to investments in cycling infrastructure and tax incentives



"This data confirms what we know through our work in communities ? that Ontarians are cyclists, and that they want to cycle more often, given the numerous benefits cycling brings in terms of healthy, safe and active communities. In addition, the fact that the data shows that Ontarians are both motorists and cyclists, points to the fact that a false narrative has developed, and that somehow cycling is a divisive issue. This is simply not the case. With Ontario motorists also cycling regularly there is a clear imperative that we all focus on making our roads and our communities safer with investments that will save lives ? and lessen congestion," said Ed McMahon, Board Chair, Share the Road Cycling Coalition.

"The support by Ontarians for increased investments in infrastructure is a powerful statement that will assist our ongoing work with municipal ? and provincial ? governments towards enhanced investments in infrastructure as well as programs to enhance cycling and road safety," McMahon noted.


About the Share the Road Cycling Coalition The Share the Road Cycling Coalition is Ontario's cycling advocacy and policy organization created to unite cycling organizations from across the province, work with and on behalf of municipalities to enhance their ability to make their communities more bicycle- friendly and advocate for investment and engagement by provincial and municipal governments. Core to the organization's mission and mandate are safety, education and awareness campaigns. 

For information and interviews: Janet O'Connell, Managing Director, Share the Road Cycling Coalition cell: (705) 641-0745 joconnell@sharetheroad.ca

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