Cycling by the Numbers

Cycling statistics in Canada highlight safety concerns and environmental benefits.

Here is some of what the numbers tell us.

Cycling on a road within a bike lane


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The number of Canadians using bicycles as their main method of commuting nearly doubled between 1996 and 2016.

– Globe and Mail, 2016


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An average of 74 Canadians die in cycling collisions each year; 73% of those incidents involved a collision with a motor vehicle.

– StatsCan

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Road safety rules may not have been respected in approximately 1 in 3 cycling fatalities.

– StatsCan

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Areas where cycling is more prevalent tend to have lower rates of bicycle-related collisions and fatalities.

– StatsCan

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Most cycling injuries and deaths occur between 4pm and 8pm—during rush hour and as it gets dark.

– StatsCan


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of Canadians say they would cycle more if cycling infrastructure was better.

– CAA polling, 2020

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of Canadians feel lanes separated by physical barriers would encourage them to cycle more.

– CAA polling, 2020

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of Canadians who cycle at least occasionally have increased their cycling activity since COVID-19 began.

– CAA polling, 2020

Cycling infrastructure

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