The Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT) released the results of its 2010 Municipal Candidate Election Surveys yesterday:
TCAT surveyed all Toronto candidates to provide voters the candidates’ views on active transportation issues and the concrete steps that can be taken to improve cycling and walking in Toronto. Surveys were sent in August 2010 to all of the mayoral, councillor and school trustee candidates – 475 candidates in total, with 137 respondents to date.
Some of the cycling-related questions were as follows:
- What year will the Bike Plan be implemented?
- How will you prevent the delays that have plagued the implementation of the Bike Plan for the past nine years?
- Increasing the number of employees using bikes in the course of their duties
- Increasing the use of bike and foot couriers
- Ensuring all city buildings and recreational facilities have a sufficient number of secure bicycle parking facilities
- Exploring new purchasing policies that utilize local businesses to decrease dependency on motor-vehicle deliveries
- What goal will you set for each of the above programs and services?
- Do you support building a new major east-west bicycle lane on Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue?
- Do you support integrating active transportation into the transit system?
- Do you support creating more on-street bicycle parking corrals throughout Toronto to improve active transportation?
- How many more on-street bicycle parking spaces will you create?
- A Complete Streets Policy for Toronto: 69% per cent of 13 mayoral candidates and 77% of 84 council candidates strongly support developing and implementing a Complete Streets policy. This policy would ensure our streets are routinely designed to provide the safe travel of all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.
- Full implementation of the Toronto Walking Strategy by 2019: 54% of 13 mayoral candidates and 79% of 84 council candidates say they would fully staff and fund the Pedestrian Projects Unit of the Public Realm Section.
- Building a new major east-west bicycle lane on Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue: 46% of 13 mayoral candidates and 45% of 83 council candidates strongly support this important artery for cyclists.
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