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Toronto council’s need to focus on expanding cycling networks and safety

Toronto council’s need to focus on expanding cycling networks and safety

Toronto’s cycling community hopeful Toronto’s next leaders will prioritize safety, expansion Though they were among Toronto’s darkest days, the emergency phase of the pandemic also…

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Toronto’s cycling community hopeful Toronto’s next leaders will prioritize safety, expansion Though they were among Toronto’s darkest days, the emergency phase of the pandemic also heralded some of city council’s quickest responses to increase safe cycling access, efforts which have slowed as the life in the city returned to a relative sense of normal.

Global News spoke with an advocate, infrastructure expert and legal defender on what the city’s next leaders should focus on when it comes to prioritising safe, active transport into the next four years.

“The cycling lanes on the Danforth had been in the plans and been debated for decades, literally, and in the pandemic they got implemented within a matter of months,” said Matti Siemiatycki , director of University of Toronto’s Infrastructure Institute. He said the need for more space to travel safely shouldn’t be ignored now that the worst of the pandemic is behind the city.

Siemiatycki said safe infrastructure encourages people to cycle and makes it a viable option, year-round with the right winter maintenance. “If we want more people cycling and using active transportation as part of their travel trip, we’re going to need to make it much more accessible and putting in the infrastructure is a key part of that,” he said. Cycle Toronto, an advocacy group promoting safe and active transportation in the city, is among those who want the next city council to focus on continuing to expand the network of bike lanes. Advocacy manager Alison Stewart said that will require focusing […]

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