Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Advocacy Forum in mid January. After months of planning, it was great to see all the attendees, speakers, and moderators in one room and the discussion that followed! We've compiled some of our thoughts on the sessions and provided a summary here.
On a brisk Tuesday evening, about 100 residents gathered at Bloor Collegiate Institute, near Bloor and Dufferin, to rally for a westward extension of the Bloor bike lanes. On the ride over from our office near Queen and Spadina, we felt the stark difference between riding in the protected bike lanes, which end at Shaw Street and riding on Bloor west of Shaw with no infrastructure, negotiating the precious little space between parked cars and motor vehicle traffic—with only our bells and voices to carve out a pathway.
We are excited to announce the renewal of funding for our Bikes Now (now called Network Now) collaboration with the David Suzuki Foundation! In 2016, we set out to build a constituency and a culture that support cycling in Toronto by forging partnerships with a strong coalition of groups, including schools, residents’ associations, BIAs, physicians, pedestrian advocacy groups, and leading city-builders. Most notably, we built advocacy capacity on major corridors with our Bloor, Danforth and Yonge working groups.
Our 2018 Annual Report is hot off the presses.
From building support to accelerate the Cycling Network Plan, to coordinating our biggest Bike Month yet, to offering workshops to residents across the City, together we moved the needle on building a cycling-friendly city for all.
If the roads were covered with snow or ice, would you say it’s too dangerous to drive?
Of course you would, but we expect a certain level of service to ensure that we won’t be forced to drive in lanes that haven’t been cleared and salted. The same is true for bike lanes in many cities, and it is the vision of Toronto’s Cycling Snow Routes Network.