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.Wed, Feb 24: Come to the Toronto Bike Awards!