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How Do You Solve A Problem Like BikeMonth?

We’ve waited until now to post any news about this while waiting for some kind of official announcement from the City, but lacking any such thing at the moment, we’ll go ahead with what we know:

RUMOUR: BikeMonth and the Toronto Cycling Advistory Committee have been cancelled.

TRUTH (as of now): Some City staff have said that BikeMonth has been cancelled, while others have said it isn’t cancelled… merely diminished due to staffing and resource cutbacks.  The Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee issue is hazy as well.  Some people seem to think that because the TCAC isn’t on the main page of City Committees, it means it no longer exists – BUT, TCAC has never been on that page (at least not during recent memory) and exists as a supplementary committee that advises Council and committees such as Public Works on cycling issues.  Please note that the Cycling Committee STILL appears on the complete Directory of Committees.

So… that’s what is known at the moment.  Maybe things are cancelled, and maybe they aren’t.  Maybe they are just “diminished”?

Over the weekend, I monitored the “chatter” on facebook and twitter regarding this issue and many many people have made the point that aside from the Group Commute (which is still planned for Mon, May 30, 2011) and a couple other events, the city plays more of an “advertising” role in regards to BikeMonth – publicizing the many many community events which take place around the city.

Let’s consider the question of “Do We Need BikeMonth as an official city-run event?” Or can it be as successful (or more!) as a partnership between the city and the many many community organizations, websites and interest groups that promote cycling in Toronto?

If the growing number of engaged and concerned cyclists in the this city promote events through facebook and twitter and their own personal social networks… do we really need the City to do it?

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