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More than half of Torontonians polled say there aren’t enough bike lanes

The results of a recent poll suggest Torontonians want more bike lanes.

A random telephone survey of 400 people conducted by market research firm R.A. Malatest & Associates showed 14 per cent of poll respondents think there are too many bike lanes in the city and 21 per cent said they’re happy with the current number of cycling paths.

The number of people who said there are not enough bike lanes exceeded 50 per cent, regardless of whether they relied solely on public transit or had other commuting options, such as a car, the pollster said.

The survey was conducted between July 13 and 18 and is accurate plus or minus 4.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

The poll was released just over a week after City Council voted in favour of removing bike lanes on Jarvis Street and adopting the Mayor’s Bike Plan — 100 kilometres of bike paths connected by lanes on the street. Physically-separated lanes will also be installed on the Bloor Viaduct, Sherbourne and Wellesley streets this year. More curbed lanes will be considered on Richmond, Adelaide and Harbord streets.