What Ontario needs most is a different attitude in the police and from the courts to all traffic, aimed at minimizing harm; and the same from traffic planning departments. You minimize harm by reducing speeds everywhere, but especially where there are people out of cars, by enforcing these limits well for a change, and by making criminal and civil consequences to collisions, as in Japan. Japan has a fraction of N.America's traffic fatalities for just these reasons. Cycling infrastructure is poor to non-existent in Japan, apart from levée paths, so although infrastructure is nice icing, the cake it ain't.
If process were the point it'd be safe to ride in Ontario: it isn't. I'll address the pointlessness of the 'strategy' by a KISS objection to each point.
Is this the way Rome fell? I think we need a Golgafrincham solution.
- Enhance cycling infrastructure in the province [Money: 'put up or shut up'.]
- Enhance cycling safety through education and legislation [What? One more page in the drivers' guide?]
- Ensure relevancy through monitoring, researching and coordination [But not use the data for policy, for heaven's sake.]
- Providing the purchasers of bicycles with cycling safety information, [Not drivers, because our society only respects 'conspicuous consumption'.]
- Initiating consultations on legislative and/or regulatory changes regarding cycling on paved shoulders, [So we can delay paving shoulders for another generation, though the need is inarguable.]
- Public education for drivers and cyclists, in collaboration with road safety organizations, [Id est the CAA, which is anti-cycling, no surprise. However, they spend campaign dollars...]
- Updating the Driver Handbooks to enhance the safety of all road users, including cyclists, [See my second objection.]
- Reviewing and updating the Highway Traffic Act to improve cycling safety, and [Tell me another one.]
- Leading the identification of a province-wide cycling network. [Bullshit. Anyway, 'identification' doesn't mean building anything: it means throwing up a few signs on some roads so designated by politicians and bureaucrats who do not themselves ride.]