Martin Koob has posted a great synopsis of yesterday’s Budget Committee hearings – and it sounds like some City Councillors are listening to and interested in the needs of Toronto’s cycling community.
Here are some excerpts from Martin, but check out his full post for much more info:
…In the morning several people showed up to make deputations to the Budget Committee in support of putting the funding in place to ensure that the Toronto Bike Plan can be completed by 2012. The Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT) submitted their deputation which included an analysis of the Capital Budgets of the Parks Forestry and Recreation Division and the Transportation Services Division. It found that the 2008 – 2012 five year capital plan as proposed would not achieve the goal of completing the Bike Plan by 2012. You can read their deputation on the TCAT website: 2008 Capital budget submission.
During the day Councillor Gord Perks Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park, a member of the Budget Committee, worked to ensure that the funds to complete the capital projects in the Bike Plan were in the 2008 – 2012 time frame… [including] a request that all the funding for bike plan related Parks Forestry and Recreation trail projects be moved forward from the 2013 – 2017 5 year plan into the 2008 – 2012 time frame. This … has to be introduced formally as a motion at the budget committee tomorrow, November 14th.
Councillor Adrian Heaps Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest, the chair of the Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee (TCAC) approached me at one point during the afternoon as I sat in the gallery and said “We’re making progress”. I think we actually are. It doesn’t mean though that the cycling community can relent in keeping on the pressure to see action on the Bike Plan, but rather feel re-energized to keep pressing on.