Three things I would do to make T.O. more bike-friendly
WAYNE SCOTT Toronto Hoof and Cycle Courier Coalition
“I see the bicycle as one very important cog in a more integrated, sustainable transportation system. While I love riding even the freight-bearing tank that is mine, I do not sleep with it – like some I know.”
• Halt implementation of the planned bike lane network and make safer-designed active transport lanes a mandatory adjunct to all major non-expressway thoroughfares.
“Add lanes whenever a roadway is scheduled for regular resurfacing or repair. We should start with Bloor at Yonge, where the city is proposing a beautification project that doesn't specifically accommodate the needs of the least polluting mid-distance vehicles that are currently available to all. They just don’t really seem to get the big picture.”
• Lower maximum urban motor vehicle speed limits to 40 or 45 kph, across the board, exempting expressways.
“Hope for compliance, but raise the penalties for transgression and practise zero tolerance, just in case.”
• Breathe new life into the city’s We’re All Pedestrians program.
“All active transportation practioners benefit with every automotive trip avoided. Let’s try to keep every unnecessary car or truck out of town or, failing that, out of sight.”