It appears that Rocco Rossi may have miscalculated in coming out strongly opposed to bike lanes: almost 60% of Greater Torontonians strongly or moderately support bike lanes on major roads like Bloor and Jarvis, as discovered in a new Angus Reid poll of residents of the Greater Toronto Area. If one were just following the pundits and media comments one would have arrived at a much different conclusion than from this poll.
In the burbs support for bike lanes and transit is lower, but in the city proper (where Rossi and crowd need to get votes) support is strong:
“Commuters who are concerned about threats to the smoothness of their commute overall have less support (for tolls or bike lanes). Whether it’s, ‘I have to pay money to drive my car into the city’ or ‘I have to contend with bikes on major arteries,’ support is lower in those regions,” [Angus Reid senior vice-president] Shanoff said. “But in the city proper, support for more bike lanes is 59 per cent.”
Candidates seeking support from younger voters might want to look at expanding bike lanes, she added.