School of Cities / Event

Knowledge Café: Tradeoffs between optimal and equitable bike infrastructure

Headshot of Madeleine Bonsma-Fisher for Knowledge Cafe

Cycling is affordable, healthy, and sustainable, but access to destinations on low-stress (a proxy for safe) cycling routes in cities like Toronto is both limited and unevenly distributed. When proposed infrastructure locations are optimized to provide the highest average access to opportunities, marginalized groups and locations may be further left behind since the greatest gains to network connectivity come from expansions in already-dense network areas.

About the Speaker

Madeleine Bonsma-Fisher studies how safe cycling networks influence the equitability of destinations people can access by bicycle in Canadian cities. She is a co-founder of UofT Coders, a group for graduate students to teach each other programming skills in a supportive peer environment. Madeleine is a volunteer and board member with the advocacy group Bike Ottawa, and you can find her riding around Toronto on her beloved cargo bike.