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Ontario spending $93-million to expand bike lanes

A cyclist rides in a bike lane on Toronto’s Bloor Street West on Oct. 3, 2017.

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The Ontario government says it is increasing its spending on bike lanes across the province.

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca says the province is spending $93-million – up from a previously announced $45-million – this year to help 120 communities build bike lanes and biking infrastructure across Ontario.

The spending comes under a four-year municipal commuter plan designed to help Ontario reach its greenhouse gas reduction targets.

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Toronto will receive $25.6-million of the funding and will use it to the expand the city's Bike Share system, adding up to 300 new locations with 3,000 bikes.

The funding for the program is drawn from the proceeds of Ontario's cap-and-trade program.

The province estimates that about 1.5 million people in Ontario use their bikes at least once a week during the spring, summer and fall.

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