This is big news for cycling because Thomson’s “BikeCity” plan was the most thorough and best researched cycling platform out there (of the “Big Five” contenders of Ford, Smitherman, Rossi, Pantalone and Thomson herself). Whatever you thought of her other campaign platforms, she had done her homework on the “cycling portfolio”.
George Smitherman’s transportation platform is a little less thorough (he wants to “pause” the installation of new bikelanes, while at the same time advocating for physically-separate lanes), but he did sign up for Bixi Toronto on the weekend, so that’s a good sign.
The Mayoral Race is shaping up to be a contest between Smitherman and Rob Ford. Ford is known for not only saying cyclists are inconsequential, but that if they get hit by a car, it’s their own fault.