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Majority Favours Bike Lanes
Plurality supports bike lane pilot on Bloor
Toronto, March 16th
– In a random sampling of public opinion taken by The Forum Poll™ among 966
Toronto voters, the majority (57%) say they are in favour of bike lanes,
overall. Just over a quarter (27%) oppose bike lanes and (15%) respond they
Those most likely to say they favour
bike lanes include cyclists (67%), a small sample (n=87) of bicycle commuters
(77%), respondents aged 34 or less (68%), aged 35 to 44 (60%), females (61%),
and those with a college or university degree (60%) or post-graduate degree
(62%). Those living in the former City of Toronto (74%) and supporting the NDP
(74%) or Green Party (73%) also likely favour bike lanes.
Those likely to
oppose bike lanes include those aged 45-54 (34%), 55-64 (34%), living in
Scarborough (39%), and supporting the Progressive Conservative party (47%).
Bike lanes on Bloor supported
Just under half (47%) of all respondents
approve of the new bikes lanes on Bloor Street. A third (32%) disapprove, and 2-in-10
(22%) don’t offer an opinion. Those most likely to support the bike lanes on
Bloor between Shaw and Avenue include respondents aged 34 or less (62%), the
least wealthy (57%), with a post-graduate degree (56%), and supporting the NDP
Support is higher amongst those who ride
their bikes in the city (60%), and higher still amongst those who commute by
Opinion on the Bloor St. bike lanes is
mixed amongst those that have driven on Bloor since they were installed with
(48%) of those drivers in favour, and (46%) opposed.
Cyclists taking advantage of the pilot project
Of those that ride a
bicycle in the city, just under a third (31%) have ridden on the Bloor St. bike
lanes. Further, usage is high (55%) amongst the small sample of bicycle
A third ride a bike in the city
One third ride a
bicycle in the city (32%) and, of these, 3-in-10 commute to work or school (30%).
Biking in the city is common to younger citizens (34 and under - 40%), in the
former City of Toronto (48%).
“In general, Toronto
residents are supportive of bike lanes, and perhaps in the ‘if you build it,
they will come’ philosophy, a majority of cycling commuters are making use of
the new lanes on Bloor St,” said Dr. Lorne Bozinoff,
President of Forum Research.
Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at
email@example.com or at (416) 960-9603.