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NEWS: Olivia Chow has become THE bike-friendly mayoral candidate for Toronto


Well, Olivia has gone “all in” on bike infrastructure for the mayoral campaign.  She was pretty much the bike-friendliest candidate before, but hadn’t released a cycling policy yet.  I’ll let the below speak for itself, but probably most significant is her adoption of Cycle Toronto’s Minimum Grid campaign to have a grid of separated, protected bikelanes across the entire city.  200km worth!

For those in other cities who read this site, the other good news is that Olivia is currently the front-runner in our mayoral election campaign!

Olivia would ensure better cycling by:

  • Achieving the grid required to make cycling safer and easier, with 200 kilometres of separated or designated bike lanes within four years.
  • Fast-tracking pilot projects for separated bike lanes on downtown streets. Separated lanes are safer for cyclists and less stressful for drivers, but under Ford turning ideas into action has been slow.
  • Improving maintenance of bike lanes, including fixing potholes that cause cyclists to fall off and better snow removal to serve growing numbers of year-round cyclists.
  • Making cycling easier to be part of a daily commute with safe connections and secure bike parking at transit stations.
  • Continuing to press—as she did as an MP—Transport Canada to mandate side-guards on trucks, to prevent cyclists being sucked into wheel wells. Olivia would also move to putting guards on city-owned trucks, at a cost of about $800 a truck.
  • Supporting the Eglinton Connects project in Midtown, which will increase capacity and create a more people- and business-friendly street.

Read More: New Mayor. Better Cycling. – Olivia Chow.

  • Brian

    I guest we know that BikeTO is a partisan blog instead of a pro-cycling blog. David Soknacki’s plan – released before CycleTO even asked for the Minimum Grid – promised much the same as Chow, only with far more funding to actually achieve its goals:


    On the other hand, if you support cheap sharrows everywhere just to raise the lane km quota, then Ms. Chow’s plan is your thing.

  • HotDang

    Socknacki is basically a fringe candidate. He has some okay ideas and some bad ideas, but he’s not going to win.

    Lots of people running for mayor are promising more bike lanes, but only one person who has a shot at winning the election has.

  • Brian

    At about this time in the election of 2003, David Miller was a fringe candidate with support in single digits who wasn’t going to win. Nenshi was at 8% four weeks from Election Day in 2010, an election he won by almost 40%. In 2010, Smitherman had this election in the bag right about now. Not sure why you’re so sure who’s got a shot of winning and who doesn’t under the circumstances. Care to let us in on your secret?

  • HotDang

    It’s easy. If the candidate is Socknacki, they stand no chance. It’s a simple system.

  • Do you actually know the difference between physically separate bikelanes and sharrows? Because it doesn’t seem like you do.

  • That’s true. John Nunziata and John Tory were also in single digits…. and neither of them were elected, so… just because a candidate has single digits, it doesn’t mean anything.

    Really, the fact that Stintz and Socknacki are at about 5% is disheartening, as they have about a 1/4 of the support that a sexist, homophobic, alcoholic crack smoker has.

  • And yeah… Socknacki has good bike policies, and if he gets his support up to where he could actually win this thing, then great!

  • A bike-friendly mayor in Toronto would be a welcome change. Good luck to Olivia Chow.