Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists, torontocranks.com
“Not much different from years before because nothing really improves.”
• Fix the ring-and-posts.
“Its been two years since a 2-by-4 turned the city’s showpieces into embarrassments. In addition, many areas have poor opportunities to lock your bike. Little India is an example.”
• Build wider bike lanes.
“It’s getting crowded. They need to be at least 2 metres wide.”
• Provide indoor parking for bicycles at TTC stations.
“Even if it’s just a simple set of reinforced posts. This would encourage more cycling to transit in the outer areas.”
Managing editor, Dandyhorse
“Cycling promotion needs more funding. Public health should be involved. The city has to encourage people to start using their bikes as a way to reduce their carbon footprint.”
• Create car-free zones, or pedestrian malls, on St. George and portions of Queen.
“A few public air pumps along well-used bike routes would be great, too!”
• Separate bike lanes from traffic, like the new lanes in New York City.
“I believe the city is studying the possibility of bollards or a green boulevard on Adelaide and Richmond or Wellington and Front. Many people don’t want to ride on arterials with fast traffic, but they still want to commute to work by bike.”
• Build off-road and park paths.
“All our off-road paths need to be connected. That’s the key to getting our suburban friends into utilitarian cycling. Think Route Verte (Quebec City).”
Councillor and City Cycling Committee chair
“Cycling in Toronto needs to mature into a powerful, well-organized force to make it a major parallel transportation system and model for other cities.”
• We need bike storage stations to replace bike lockers, proper change rooms for employees to bring their bikes to work and a dedicated bike-share program.
“We can talk about all kinds of cycling improvements and additions, but the fact is that until we add bike lanes to our streets, we can’t start the conversation.”
• Everyone needs better driver education.
“We could certainly also benefit from increasing awareness on the part of some cyclists.”
• We need to corral the incredible enthusiasm, energy and concerns of the various advocacy organizations.
“There is unwarranted resistance to cycling initiatives.”
Toronto Coalition for Active Transport
“It’s certainly tough to narrow the list to three. There’s much that needs to be done.”
• Make sure the Bike Plan’s bikeway network is installed by 2012.
“Then staff can get to work on planning and installing bigger and better cycling facilities that are long-overdue.”
• Build an east-west bike lane extending the length of the city along Bloor.
“We need major bike expressways.”
• Dispatch a dedicated crew of bylaw enforcement officers to ticket offenders who park in bike lanes.
“Drivers need to be educated on how to share the road. Most campaigns work on educating cyclists, while drivers remain incompetent and dangerous.”
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.”