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.
The City of Toronto lets you view their Toronto Cycling Map online. Ride the City has an interactive Toronto cycling map. Google Maps has a cycling option. Smart Commute, a Metrolinx program designed to promote transit, cycling and walking, links to route maps from neighbouring municipalities such as Oshawa, Hamilton and Newmarket.
Bikes and Buses
Every regular TTC bus now has bike racks! The TTC has more information about how to use them.
Legal and Insurance
Highway Traffic Act and Toronto Bylaws
Toronto Police Services has created a webpage detailing offences under the HTA (with associated fines) and relevant city bylaws. It also includes important info like requirements to identify oneself to a police officer.
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, your rights with the police, and general FAQs about cycling in the city:
Rights of the Injured Cyclist
Dealing with the Police and Tickets
Legal Spin - FAQs
Questions? Contact Patrick Brown at McLeish-Orlando.
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. (More info.) Cyclists can call them with questions about a collision, a stolen bike, or anything else. The centres runs 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.