Biking Takes Off in Toronto
"Some city planners in Ontario say the renewed interest in cycling during the pandemic could spark long-term change in public attitudes toward bicycles as a means of transportation, as more people try it for the first time," reports Salmaan Farooqui.
The data contributing to this assessment are multiple: bike sales are up at bike shops in the city, trips on the Bike Share Toronto system recently set a record, and planners and city officials are making space for the new interest in this form of active transportation:
In Toronto, city council has approved 25 kilometres of temporary bike lanes to accommodate the increased demand during the health crisis, meaning a total of 40 kilometres of lanes are set to be built in 2020.
Kornel Mucsi, a program manager for transportation policy and networks in Ottawa, is quoted in the article arguing for permanent changes to the street to maintain the momentum created by the temporary circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic.