Cycling isn't as embedded into Canadian culture as it is in the Netherlands. Too many people get hit by cars whilst on their bikes, especially downtown. But it has less to do with skill than with road rage, dare I say? Pedestrians and cyclists need 4 sets of eyes and ears to avoid cars, trucks and buses who simply don't pay enough attention (or can't see them because they're just too big!) and claim every inch of the roads.
In the first 6 months of 2018, 21 people on foot or bicycle got killed in traffic accidents in the GTA alone. And as a pedestrian or cyclist, you're also not as protected by laws as you'd be in some other (European) countries. Hence, I'm not as often on my bike as I'd like to. I'm not scared, and I can bike, but man, those drivers (especially in Scarborough)! These pictures are from a car-free day in some major streets downtown Toronto.