Doesn't the fact that Toronto builds bike lanes on busy arterial streets downtown but not in the suburbs have something to do with the different (and less car-dominated) political culture downtown compared to suburban wards?... cycling infrastructure in North York is ridiculously underdeveloped,... compared to downtown Toronto. And cycling infrastructure in downtown Toronto is ridiculously overdeveloped - compared to North York!
Where does all that cycling infrastructure money get spent? Mostly downtown in the old city of Toronto,.... thus, the "suburban" wards are subsidizing cycling infrastructure for downtown Toronto. Why???? Who advocates for cycling infrastructure in Toronto?,.. Cycle Toronto,... and the vast majority of their paying memberships are downtown, west end, east end and midtown - in the old city of Toronto and that's where cycling infrastructure money get spent.
It has nothing to do with the tired, Fordist rhetoric about "downtown elites" getting all the infrastructure dollars.