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Majority supports separating bike lanes from traffic

People who ride bikes and people who don’t would like to see more bikelanes separated from car traffic in Toronto, according to a surveycarried out by the city.

People who ride bikes and people who don’t would like to see more bike lanes separated from car traffic in Toronto, according to a survey carried out by the city.

The Ipsos-Reid survey found that the number of cyclists in Toronto since a similar survey taken 10 years ago has edged up. Some 54 per cent said they use a bike, compared with 48 per cent in 1999.

The survey found that 29 per cent of Torontonians are “utilitarian cyclists” who use their bikes to get to school or work, to shop or visit friends. That’s up from 20 per cent.

Utilitarian cyclists rated separating cycling lanes from traffic as the No. 1 improvement they’d like to see, with 77 per cent in favour. Recreational cyclists (68 per cent) and non-cyclists (66 per cent) also like the idea of separating bike lanes from traffic.

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