Almost Two-Thirds in Favour of Bike Lanes Overall

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Almost Two-Thirds in Favour of Bike Lanes Overall

Toronto, June 27th – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by The Forum Poll™ among 1040 Toronto voters, almost two-thirds (62%) say they favour bike lanes. Only one quarter (25%) opposes bike lanes, with (14%) saying they do not know. Support for bike lanes overall is up 5 points from March (March 16: 57%).

Respondents most likely to say they favour bike lanes include those aged 34 and younger (65%) or 35-44 (68%), females (65%), earning $80,000-$100,000 (77%), with a post-graduate degree (70%), living in East York (75%), and supporting the NDP (76%).

Those that say they bike in the city (71%) are highly likely to support bike lanes, and bicycle commuters (90%) also overwhelmingly support bike lanes.

Support for Bloor bike lanes

The support for the Bloor St bike is steady since March (March 16: 47%), with just under half (48%) saying saying they approve of the lanes between Shaw Street and Avenue road. A third (34%) say they disapprove of the bike lanes, fewer than 2 in 10 (19%) say they do not know about the bike lanes on Bloor.

Of those that have ridden a bike on these bike lanes almost three quarters (73%) say they approve of them. The majority (52%) of those who have driven Bloor since the installation now say they approve of the lanes overall.

Respondents most likely to approve of these bike lanes include those aged 35-44 (55%), female (50%), the least wealthy (58%) or $20,000-$40,000 (58%), with a post-graduate degree (48%), and living in the Former City of Toronto (59%) or East York (60%).

Support is highest amongst bike commuters, with 8 in 10 (80%) saying they support the bike lanes.

Respondents most likely to say they disapprove of the bike lanes on Bloor include those aged 45-54 (36%), 55-64 (38%), and 65+ (35%), males (39%), earning $40,000-$60,000 (47%), the least educated (41%) or with some college or university (42%), and living in Scarborough (42%).

Cyclists using them

Of those that ride a bicycle in Toronto, a third (33%) have used the bike lanes on Bloor St. Usage is even higher (61%) amongst a small sample (n=96) of those that say they commute to work by bicycle.

 A third ride their bikes in the city

A third (34%) say that they ride their bicycle in the city, and of these, more than a quarter (27%) use their bicycle to commute to work or school.


“Approval of bike lanes is trending upward, even amongst drivers, with a healthy majority saying they like them overall,” said Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, President of Forum Research. “Considering the report on the pilot is due in a few months time, for cycling enthusiasts at least, now is a really a good time for support to be rising.”

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.