In 2011, an estimated 126,000 cycling trips were made each day. That’s a 61 per cent increase from 10 years before, but it works out to an abysmal less than one per cent of all trips. Seventy-eight per cent of Torontonians still use cars to get around. Add walking to the cycling figures, and we get 6.1 per cent.
Of the 14 million trips that are made on a daily basis in the GTHA, the authors believe that at least one-third have the potential to be cyclable. That’s 4.35 million potential trips. The authors note that shorter journeys between one to five kilometres in length are the most accessible to cycling or walking. These include cycling to work, transit stops, school, or running errands.