There’s a new committee in town, and it’s called the Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee. The new “TCAC” replaces the old Cycling Committee in the interests of becoming more efficient and effective, and it’s role is to advise City Council on all things bike-related in our fair city.
The changes from the old to new committee is nicely summed up by BikeToronto:
The committee will consist of 8 members at large and there will no longer be representatives of the local cycling groups nor a representative of the Toronto Pedestrian Committee on the new Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee. There had been attempts by cycling community members to have amendments made to maintain the representatives of these groups and have a more frequent meeting schedule (See previous article). These were ultimately unsuccessful. At the June 19th, 20th, 2007 City Council meeting, the revised terms of reference were passed without the amendments proposed by those in the cycling community.
If I remember correctly, there was much “concern” in the cycling community about the proposed changes – as advocates thought the city was not interested in hearing what they had to say. The stated objectives of the changes were to make the committee more efficient and effective (I’ve heard anecdotal evidence about the old committee being disjointed and unproductive), and all we as citizens can do is hope that these objectives are achieved.
City Council recently (Sept. 26th) approved the list of the 8 citizens who will make up the Cycling Advisory Committee:
1. Paulette Blais;
2. Dr. Chris Cavacuiti;
3. Sonia Khan;
4. Chris Hardwicke;
5. Margaret Hasting-James;
6. Aaron Hershoff;
7. Fred Sztabinski; and
8. Tammy Thorne.
Their terms are set to expire on Nov. 30th, 2010.
See the Council Document (PDF file)
The Cycling Advisory Committee information is on page 47 of the document.