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George Smitherman Releases His Transportation Plan

smithermanToronto mayoral candidate George Smitherman has released his transportation plan for the future.

Full details are on his website… but here is the bike-related stuff for you:

CYCLING—INTEGRATED WITH THE GRID FOR SAFETY

Cycling in Toronto is important.  Torontonians often choose from day to day whether to walk, drive, take transit or cycle to get where they’re going.

George Smitherman supports Toronto cyclists and will make it easier for Torontonians to choose safe cycling.  His integrated transportation plan for cycling will rethink how we plan, build, take care of and use cycling routes in Toronto.

George Smitherman’s plans to make cycling safer and more efficient include:

  • Time out on construction of new bike lanes on arterial roadways, but move immediately to ensure current cycling routes are safer and better maintained
    • physical separation of bikes and cars: bicycle lanes should be separated from cars with properly curbed lanes, so everyone can travel more safely
  • Moving forward, expedite the expansion of dedicated bike “expressways” though hydro corridors, ravines and other non-roadways by 2015
  • Increase opportunities for children to learn bike safety and rules of the road
  • Better maintenance of bike routes—including year round upkeep, with snow clearance on bike expressways
  • Integration of cycling into Toronto’s planning and transit, by looking at incentives and possible partnerships to build a better bike infrastructure. Toronto should consider better bike parking at TTC stations, shower facilities and other ideas that make it easier for “dual-mode commuting” (riding to a TTC or GO station and hopping on transit).

What do you think of his plans?



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