Supporting substantial increases in bicycling of all types across Canada will constitute a simultaneous investment in fighting climate change, promoting health and equity, and boosting low-carbon tourism and small business. Furthermore, investing in bicycling is economically efficient and demonstrated to result in strong overall returns.
A 2018 United Nations resolution, declaring World Bicycle Day, encourages member states to take advantage of bicycling’s benefits through the implementation of measures and policies to improve road safety and to promote sustainable mobility. The resolution also highlights the proven effectiveness and versatility of the bicycle as technology. Bicycles (including increasingly common electric-assisted e-bikes and cargo bikes) are used to move people and goods for a wide variety of personal and business-related purposes in a green, healthy, and economically efficient manner.
The potential to substantially increase the rates of all types of bicycle riding in Canada is strong as nearly half of all Canadians already ride a bike at least once a year. It is highly affordable and flexible, making it suitable not just for major urban centres, but also for smaller cities and communities in rural and remote areas.