Tools and Resources - Toronto

City of Toronto General Information

The City of Toronto cycling web page is a good general resource. The page offers the latest city cycling news as well as links to city reports and events.

Requesting Ring & Post Stands

The City of Toronto can install Ring & Post stands on the basis of the request. If you would like a Ring & Post installed near your work, school or home, fill-in the request form here .

Find the best bike routes

Ride the City Toronto is an application that helps bicyclists find safer routes around cities. Like other mapping applications, Ride the City finds the shortest distance between two points, with a difference. First, Ride the City avoids roads that aren't meant for biking, like highways and busy arterial streets. Second, Ride the City tries to steer cyclists toward routes that maximize the use of bike lanes, bike paths, greenways, and other bike-friendly streets.

Getting in touch with your City Councillor

Want to know if your Councillor supports cycling infrastructure in your neighbourhood? Get in touch with your representative by phone or email and ask them! If they say no, let them know that bike lanes are important to you - their constituent.

Benefits of Cycling

It’s always useful to have a few quick facts at your fingertips as to why cycling is so great. The City has spent a lot of time chronicling cycling's myriad environmental, physical, social and economic benefits. For a quick primer on why you should bike in Toronto, read the Introduction to the Bike Plan . Section 1.2 has a great summary headed The Benefits of Cycling.

Health and Active Transportation

Did you know that 55% of all trips that Toronto residents make are less than 7 km and under 30 minutes by bike? The Road to Health report and backgrounder provide a great resource regarding active transportation in Toronto. You can also find information about cycling injury prevention on the Toronto Public Health website here .

Bikes and Buses

The TTC lists all bus routes that have bike racks.

Legal and Insurance Information

The Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists website has a comprehensive selection about bikes and the law, the rights and responsibilities of cyclists, and advice on how to deal with tickets and insurance claims. Patrick Brown (McLeish Orlando ) has prepared the following documents to help guide you through your rights as an injured cyclist as well as your rights with the police:

  • Rights of the Injured Cyclist
  • Dealing with the Police and Tickets

General Insurance

The Insurance Bureau of Canada website offers a wide variety of information. If, however, you don’t find your information on the website, the IBC also operates regional Consumer Information Centres to provide general information to the public. The centres operate independently of member companies and often are staffed by individuals with many years of experience in the insurance industry. This is a great, free service. Cyclists can call them with questions about a collision, a stolen bike, or anything else. The centres run Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 416-362-9528 or 1-800-387-2880 or fill out an on-line info request form.

Highway Traffic Act and Toronto Bylaws

Toronto Police Services has created a document detailing offences under the HTA (with associated fines) and relevant city bylaws. Also includes important info like requirements to identify oneself to a police officer.

Coming May 1, take the Bike Month pledge!

Pledge to ride to school or work on Bike to Work Day, Monday May 27 and/or throughout June for a chance to win one of three trips for two courtesy of VIA Rail (to Quebec City, Montreal or Ottawa) or a weekend getaway courtesy of Welcome Cyclists. Contest closes June 18.