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Majority of Torontonians want cyclists licensed and insured: poll

Last Updated Jul 18, 2017 at 10:29 am EST

As more bike lanes get installed in Toronto, a new poll finds the majority of Torontonians believe cyclists should be licensed and insured.

According to the Campaign Research poll, which surveyed 506 Toronto voters, 60 per cent believe cyclists should be tested for competency, be required to have a licence and also get insurance – similar to drivers on the road.

However, the poll also found that 57 per cent of respondents are in favour of having more bike lanes in the city.

City council has looked at creating a licensing system for cyclists in the past three decades, but scrapped the idea mostly due to the high administrative costs involved with running it.

When it comes to creating more bike lanes, the city has been testing separated bike lanes along a stretch of Bloor Street since last year. The one-year pilot project, which runs between Shaw Street and Avenue Road, will be in place until August.

The number of cyclists using Bloor has significantly increased during the pilot project, going from about 3,300 riders a day to 4,500 a day – an increase of about 36 per cent.

The poll was conducted between July 7-10 and has a margin of error of plus or minus five per cent, 19 times out of 20.

Read the full poll results below, or click here to view it.

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