Did you know Toronto's municipal election is approaching?
On October 22, 2018*, we will elect Toronto's Mayor and councillors, who make important decisions affecting transportation in our city.
Get involved: help #BuildTheGrid for safe cycling this election!
*pending a date shift after the Ontario's Court of Appeal granted a stay to Justice Edward Belobaba’s ruling that Bill 5 is unconstitutional, meaning we'll be operating under a 25-ward system, rather than the 47-ward system originally in place for 2018
Awareness of the need and desire for safe cycling infrastructure is higher than ever and the municipal election presents a window to influence the public conversation around building a safe cycling city for all. With new ward boundaries, a number of Council seats are wide open races and others could be hotly contested.
Our #BuildTheGrid municipal election campaign aims to put in place the conditions for a safe cycling network to be built by 2022.
We'll be encouraging you to ask all mayoral and council candidates these three questions:
Will you be a champion for building safe connected bike routes in my neighbourhood?
Will you support building protected bike lanes on main streets? (Bloor, Danforth, Yonge, etc.)
Do you support accelerating the City’s 10-Year Cycling Network Plan to be completed in the next four years, instead of by 2026?
The campaign intends to mobilize Torontonians like you to ask candidates for office about their commitment to supporting the build-out of the cycling plan, including on main streets like Yonge, Danforth and Bloor, and to adequately funding the plan so it gets built by 2022 (four years ahead of schedule). We desperately need bold action to get to safer streets for all - and a healthier, more active city.
We are also proud to be working with partner organizations in active transportation and beyond to promote #BuildTheVisionTO, a broader vision that prioritizes safe and active streets for all ages and abilities.
What can I do now?
- Sign the pledge.
- Visit us at an upcoming event to chat and grab a postcard.
- Sign up for Action Alerts so that you can be part of this movement.
- Download our new Advocacy Toolkit.
- Watch for toolkits, maps, stickers, and other tools and support for volunteers who want to help!
With a grid of safe streets, Toronto would be a more active and healthy city. We have a bike plan. We need to see it built - and soon.
Pledge to ask your candidates if they will make our streets safer for people on bikes. Ask your mayoral and council candidates to #BuildTheGrid.
Cycle Toronto is a strictly non-partisan organization that supports policies for safer streets, and not any particular party or candidate.