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Ontario Making Commuting Easier for Cyclists in Southern Ontario

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Ontario Making Commuting Easier for Cyclists in Southern Ontario

Province Building New Secure Bike Storage at GO Stations and Carpool Lots

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is making it easier for cyclists to commute to and from work, school, and appointments with the construction of new, secure bike storage lockers at GO Transit stations and car pool lots across southern Ontario. This investment is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market.

Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon were in Burlington today to launch the new Commuter Bike Parking Program, which will help encourage people to take their bikes as part of their daily commute.

Eight bike lockers will be installed at each of 15 commuter parking lots across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, Niagara, and Simcoe Region for a total of 120 bike lockers. Work will be finished by the end of March 2018. In addition, 28 bike rooms will be installed at 26 GO Transit stations in the Greater Toronto Area over the next four years as part of Ontario's GO RER program, expanding storage capacity while enhancing security. The first locations, which will be complete by spring 2018, include: Appleby, Markham, Mount Pleasant, Bronte, Unionville, and Stouffville.

Making it safer and easier to cycle in Ontario is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing approximately $2.5 million from its carbon market to fund this project.
  • #CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy was announced in 2013 to promote safe cycling and encourage more people to ride their bikes to work, school and recreation destinations.
  • About 1.5 million people in Ontario ride their bikes at least once a week during the spring, summer and fall, and many cycle year-round.
  • According to the Canadian Medical Association, a 10 per cent increase in physical activity could reduce direct health care expenditures by $150 million per year.
  • The Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program is a commitment under Ontario’s five-year Climate Change Action Plan which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.
  • In 2014, 1.7 million visitors to Ontario participated in cycling and spent $428 million.
  • Ontario has over 80,000 km of trails the second largest network of trails in Canada. Trails contribute to the economy, benefit the environment and improve health. The first annual Ontario Trails week, May 29 to June 4, was launched this year.

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Steven Del Duca

“Cycling is a healthy, sustainable way to get around and we are committed to adding more cycling infrastructure across Ontario. This investment will make cycling more convenient and appealing, and will encourage more people in Ontario to bike as part of their daily commute.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

Eleanor McMahon

“Cycling is a great way to travel, commute and explore our beautiful province. With this investment in bike storage, our government is supporting cyclists and making it easier for people to use their bikes – whether it’s for their daily commute to work or school, for recreation or simply for the love of the sport.”

Eleanor McMahon

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Chris Ballard

“Creating new bike lockers at GO stations is one of the many ways our carbon market and Climate Change Action Plan are working together to make it easier for people to fight climate change. This investment helps make it simpler to choose cleaner transportation to get to work, school or appointments.”

Chris Ballard

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

“We are providing expanded and more secure bike storage at our GO stations to make it easier for our customers to lead active lifestyles and choose transit first. Improvements like this will also help us welcome more customers as we expand GO train service throughout the region.”

Rob Siddall

Interim President and CEO, Metrolinx

“This investment from the Ontario government is great news for residents of Burlington. With more bike storage at Appleby and other GO stations, as well as at carpool lots across the GTHA, cyclists will have more reason to leave their cars at home and fit a bike ride into their daily commutes.”

Rick Goldring

Mayor of Burlington

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