Your City Councillors:
We put together a cool graph (to the right and below, click to enlarge) a few weeks ago that documents how bike-friendly a bunch of Councillors have been, according to how they’ve voted during the last 4 years. Check to see if your Councillor is on there, and if you are happy with their record:
The Mayoral race gets the most attention… but remember that whoever wins… they are still only 1 vote out of 45 votes on Council. The Mayor does not get free reign over city policies and funds.
Rob Ford is infamous for thinking that cycling is not a valid form of transportation. He wants to keep bikelanes and paths to Hydro Corridors and Ravines. To give him due credit, he *has* said that bikelanes “make sense downtown, where there are lots of cyclists”.
George Smitherman is a little bit more pro-bike than Rob Ford. He has called for physically-separate bikelanes and a re-imagining of Toronto’s BikePlan to integrate it into public transit better. He has called for a moratorium on new bikelanes until this “re-imagining” takes place.
Joe Pantalone is the most progressive of the 3 “front-runners”. His policies basically are a continuation of the policies of Mayor Miller (Joe’s the Deputy Mayor, after all). He says the current BikePlan can be finished by 2012, but considering that recent years have only seen 5-30 km installed per year, and there are hundreds and hundreds left to install, 2012 seems a tad ambitious, if not entirely fantasy.
If you’re like me, you’re also looking at how a potential Mayor will address issues like the less-fortunate, the arts, and public transit among other things.
BeautifulCity.ca has put together a handy chart that shows you how the 3 candidates rate on a bunch of progressive issues:
Get out there and vote!