Yesterday, June 8, 2020, our Campaigns Manager, Kevin Rupasinghe, deputed before the Toronto Board of Health on item HL17.1: COVID-19 Response and Recovery - Update on behalf of Cycle Toronto. A summary of Kevin's speaking notes are below:
Today, the City of Toronto announced specifics on where protected cycling infrastructure will be accelerated under the ActiveTO program. New protected cycling infrastructure will be built quickly, using interim materials, along corridors identified in the City of Toronto Cycling Network Plan for delivery this summer.
Cycle Toronto has been advocating for safe space for active transportation as part of the COVID-19 response and recovery for nearly two months. In our open letter to the Office of Recovery and Rebuild, Cycle Toronto proposed three general guidelines around which to focus an active transportation strategy in the short-term so as to build Toronto’s resiliency in the long-term:
Tim Willison showing off a part for a 3-Hole Face Shield
In the last two High Visibility profiles we spoke with frontline workers; people that ride their bikes to hospitals every day to do their part in keeping people healthy. But what protects them? They need personal protective equipment (PPE) to stay safe and prevent infection from spreading. That’s where Tim and TTLMakerspace come in, the subjects of this High Visibility.
ActiveTO to rebalance Toronto’s streets and create more space for people biking
On Wednesday, May 6th, the City of Toronto announced ActiveTO, a plan to provide space for active transportation on Toronto’s streets now, as we recover from COVID-19, and beyond.
On Thursday April 30, City Council met for the first time since the COVID-19 emergency began. In Council’s first ever virtual meeting only the most essential business was on the agenda. Fortunately, we have made clear that cycling is an essential matter!
It’s been almost two months since we shut down non-essential businesses to reduce the burden on our healthcare system as a result of COVID-19. Over these weeks Cycle Toronto has been engaging with City of Toronto staff and councillors and our partners to advocate for rebalancing streets.
In our first installment of High Visibility we spoke with Carmen Jones, an Oncology Nurse that had already been bike commuting for a few years when the pandemic hit. This time around we spoke with Rosa Phillip. While Rosa has been riding for a while, COVID-19 made cycling her best option for getting to work.