Toronto ranks 16th among best cities for cycling in North America

Toronto was named the 16th best major cycling city across the continent in PeopleForBikes’ annual rankings.

The ranking uses a “data-driven program” to assess, identify and compare the best cycling cities in North America. More than 1,000 cities were rated in Canada and the United States, the largest collection of cities in the publication’s history.

Toronto ranked 16th out of 85 major cities surveyed and 95th overall out of 1,105 cities surveyed.

PeopleForBikes says the main aim is to focus on youth engagement and highlight the most important bike networks for people looking for the best places to ride across the continent.

The publication says it is working with “federal, state and local officials to make bicycling better for everyone.”

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According to the “Network Score,” Toronto gets high points for its access to retail—especially major malls—by bike. There is room for improvement in terms of accessibility to essential services (hospitals and grocery stores), opportunities (jobs and schools) and recreation (parks and trails).

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An interactive map courtesy of PeopleForBikes shows high and low stress areas for cycling in Toronto, which can be found here.

The coveted number one ranking goes to Montreal. Quebec City took first place in PeopleForBike’s major city rankings out of 85 North American cities. It is considered eighth overall out of the 1,105 ranked cities.

With files from Ty Jadah and Megan Devlin

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