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Councillor Denzil Minnan Wong Learns how to Bike

Give some props to City Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong… after years of defending auto-centric planning and transportation initiatives, he is learning how to ride a bike after missing out on it in his youth:

Denzil Minnan-Wong looks kind of sheepish. He has a confession to make.

The 45-year-old Toronto councillor, and perhaps the most ardent defender of the car at city hall, doesn’t know how to ride a bicycle.

Yep, the man who grew up in Don Mills – where he still lives – known for its quiet leafy suburban streets, never learned the skill that most kids master by 6 or 7.

“Regrettably, my parents never taught me how,” he said, adding they were very protective and concerned about safety. “And the longer you wait, the easier it is not to learn.” (more at the Toronto Star)

We can hope the learning to bike will make Denzil a little more willing to look at things from a non-car perspective.

Good job Denzil! Welcome to cycling in Toronto.

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