The province thanks members of the public for taking the time to submit insightful comments which helped shape #CycleON Action Plan 2.0.
As noted above, the province received 125 comments online through the Environmental Registry, 3 comments through the beta version of the new Registry and 45 comments by e-mail, for a total of 173 comments. This total includes comments that were submitted in duplicate. The comments were submitted by 123 separate individuals and organizations.
Respondents were generally supportive of the proposed set of actions for #CycleON Action Plan 2.0. Many respondents provided comments on individual actions. Some respondents also provided input on whether the proposed initiatives would help Ontario to achieve its cycling goals, the challenges that the province might encounter as it pursues the proposed initiatives, or other actions that the province should take to help meet its goals for cycling. All comments were carefully considered in finalizing Action Plan 2.0.
A number of respondents suggested that the province should clarify the intent or scope of proposed actions. The province addressed these comments by revising actions regarding active school travel, Bike Month programs, public education and cycling tourism to more clearly indicate the objective of the action, the audience, or the work or partners involved. The province also added a new action under Strategic Direction 4 (Promote Cycling and Behavioural Shifts) in response to calls for the development of resources to help groups contribute to certain actions. This new action is a commitment to build capacity and provide tools for organizations and communities to be more bike-friendly (see action 4.7).
The province also updated certain actions to reflect the current status of initiatives that are in progress. For example, the province-wide cycling network and Metrolinx’s final Regional Transportation Plan have now been published.
Among respondents who provided input on whether the proposed initiatives would help Ontario to achieve its cycling goals, most agreed that they would. However, some respondents noted that more work will need to be done to meet the goals. A number of respondents also noted challenges that have been or could be encountered as Ontario works toward its cycling vision or as certain initiatives are pursued. This advice will be very valuable as we implement Action Plan 2.0.
Some respondents recommended that additional actions be considered for inclusion in Action Plan 2.0. In some cases the suggestions were already intended to be captured by the proposed actions or were aspects of the actions that would be specified or considered during program design or implementation. Other suggested actions were not feasible or were out of scope for Action Plan 2.0, however the province will keep them on file for future consideration.