ActiveTO launched last year as a pandemic response to encourage residents to get outside and cycle, walk, and roll for recreation, exercise, and travel. The program included temporary bike lanes such as on Huntingwood Drive, Bloor Street East, and Danforth Avenue; major road openings, such as on LakeShore Boulevard and Bayview Avenue; and Quiet Streets across the city. This session will discuss how we build on the successes of the program and highlight how we can advocate to make the bike lanes permanent.
|Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, City Councillor for Ward 13 Toronto-Centre||Jason Chau, Scarborough resident and advocate||Christopher McGarrell, founder of ManDem Cycling Club|
About the speakers:
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam was elected to Toronto City Council in 2010 and has an extensive career investing in the city through both the public and private sectors. Her contributions have led to the development and support of improved social planning programs, new affordable housing, innovative economic development programs, community art projects, and investments in diverse, family-friendly neighbourhood planning. She has led efforts to defend the rights of tenants to obtain affordable and decent standards of rental housing and helped create a neighbourhood association to preserve and protect heritage buildings and historical landscapes in the ward.
Kristyn is currently the vice-Chair of the Toronto Board of Health and Chair of the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee, which provides advice to City Council on the identification, prevention, and elimination of barriers faced by people with disabilities with the goal of achieving social, cultural and economic well-being. Kristyn is a founding board member of the Toronto Biennial of Art and was voted Toronto's Best City Councillor by NOW magazine readers four years in a row (2015-2018).
Jason Chau is a long cycle commuter (when he used to go into work!), riding about 45km every day, all year round. He also enjoys triathlons, volleyball, and photography. His cycling goals for 2021 are to immerse himself into bikepacking in hopes that when things open up again, so that he can bike tour wherever it takes him. He already has a forever touring bike lined up which he hopes to build up himself. He has lived in Toronto nearly all his life, and was born in Vancouver, and has been living in Scarborough since 2011. Before that he was in North York for about 20 years.
Christopher McGarrell is the founder of ManDem Cycling Club, which he founded in the summer of 2020 as a way to get outside and exercise safely during the pandemic. Chris started ManDemCC to create an inclusive space to help people develop the confidence to cycle in Toronto. The group quickly took off and the group's weekly rides attracted a wide range of new and returning cyclists. Growing up in Guildwood Village in Scarborough, he often rolled with his friends on the streets and trails of his neighbourhood, but ditched the bike as a teen when cars became more prominent in his life. Today, he’s enthusiastic about sharing the joy of cycling with others who might also be rediscovering their bicycle once again.
|Non-member Rate||$ 30.00|
|Member Rate||$ 0.00|