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A Good Way To Start A Car-Free 2007

Happy New Year, everyone!

I logged into my email this morning to see something very cool.

Back in early December, I emailed the mayor, new TTC chair Adam Giambrone and vice-chair Joe Mihevc to offer my congratulations on their re-elections, but also to establish contact in pursuing linking up my efforts with the Sierra Club in setting up the Metropass Affinity Program (which has local businesses offering discounts to any customer who shows a Metropass) with the TTC… after all, it was part of the Mayor’s Transit Platform.

The good news is that Joe Mihevc has emailed me back and he and Adam and David are very interested in getting something really constructive done with the Metropass Affinity Program. It looks like we’re going to have a meeting with everyone involved to brainstorm and see how we can advance things.

The bad news is that there isn’t any. What a great way to start a new year!

I’ll keep you updated on any news regarding this. More people on transit equals less people in cars acting selfish and destructive.

I’m getting this really good feeling about cycling and transit in Toronto in 2007.

  • John

    I applaud efforts to get more people on to transit. I also strongly advocate a safer environment for cyclists. Which means I believe in encouraging civility on the roads, because a two-ton steel battering ram encased in steel bars and panels gives an ignorant person a very significant advantage.

    To me, civility requires mutual respect, which explains why I resist efforts to paint drivers as selfish or destructive just because they drive. I don’t sit still for ignorant behavior on the part of drivers; I don’t take it kindly when a driver honks at me for changing lanes on my bike, or pushes forward as I wait to board a street car.

    But trashing drivers for nothing worse sin than driving just leads to less civility on the roads. Even in a perfect Kyoto world, we’ll allow people to use motor vehicles for some purposes: transporting a disabled child, for example. Cyclists who ride around in the self-righteous conviction that you can classify all drivers as “selfish and destructive” will end up sooner or later (and Murphy’s law says it will happen sooner) end up disrespecting someone with a perfectly good reason to drive, and will (or should) end up feeling highly ashamed of themselves.

  • Joe (BikingToronto)

    Thanks for your comment John. If you pay attention, you’d notice that never do I say that ALL drivers are selfish and destructive. A percentage of them are, and it’s probably the same percentage as selfish and ignorant cyclists… however, selfish behaviour in a two-ton car causes a lot more damage in terms of human life than selfish behaviour on a bicycle does.

    Thanks for your trollish and ignorant comment. Cyclists don’t want an end to cars on the road – they want respect on the roads since they are legal vehicles (equal to motor vehicles) according to the Highway Traffic Act.

  • John

    To quote: More people on transit equals less people in cars acting selfish and destructive. I gather you want to disclaim responsibility for the common sense interpretation of that sentence: that people shouldn’t drive, and that the choice to drive brands a person “selfish”.

    Unfortunately, as it happens, a great many (though by no means all) bad cyclists justify their misbehavior by citing the supposed moral deficits of car drivers. Cyclists who run red lights and shout “polluter” annoy other road users a lot more than cyclists who just run red lights.

    As for what cyclists want, as someone who made the conscious choice to cycle (out of concern for the environment among other things) a long time ago, I know that you can’t lump all cyclists into one group, and no one person can claim to speak for all of us.

  • Joe (BikingToronto)

    Thanks for you input John.