Ontario wants to create bike network to spur tourism, but mum on money

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TORONTO - Ontario's governing Liberals want to cash in on the burgeoning bike tourism craze, but aren't saying whether they'll provide any money to create more bike lanes and trails.

The government has released a new 20-year strategy aimed at making Ontario the most bicycle-friendly province in Canada, where more people will use their bikes to cut down on congestion and improve their health.

It talks about connecting more bike lanes locally and between municipalities to create a province-wide network to attract tourists.

The government says it wants to develop a "funding partnership" with municipalities and the federal government to build the routes, but doesn't say how much the province would pony up.

The 42-page document also talks about promoting safety by working with police to consistently enforce traffic laws.

The Liberals say they'll provide more information about implementing the plan next spring.

Geographic location: Ontario, TORONTO, Canada

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  • Pei resident
    August 30, 2013 - 15:52

    Nice to see another province taking up leadership on this issue. Quebec is by far the most bike-friendly province but parts of Ontario are doing a great job too - Ottawa, Kingston, K-W, London - even Toronto. I only wish PEI would start building bike infrastructure. The confederation trail railway line is not very direct and serves no purpose for encouraging those in Cornwall, Stratford, Marshfield, Rocky Point, Pownal etc to bike to and from those places into Charlottetown. Ditto for around Summerside and the national park. Having the dedicated bikeways in the park and Brackley is a nice start but we have a long way to go.