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Your Guide to Voting in Toronto Today

How Bike-Friendly is your City Councillor?It feels as though the municipal election campaign has been going on forever, but we’re finally at Election Day.  Remember to get out there and vote.

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:

How Bike-Friendly is your City Councillor?

Your Mayor:

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:

Your Guide to Voting in Toronto Today

Get out there and vote!

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Bike Ride for Bike Lanes on Bloor

Bike Lanes on BloorThere’s a “Bike Lanes on Bloor” ride being planned for this Saturday, Oct. 23 – to bring attention to the cause right before the municipal election on Mon, Oct. 25th.

With an election on Monday, let’s tell candidates how attractive bike lanes on Bloor could be, and how necessary for our safety, and to fight climate change!

Please invite your friends, cycling strangers and neighbours.

Starts at High Park at noon and rides east along Bloor, past Joe Pantelone’s office and down to George Smitherman’s office (Ford’s is near the airport)

For info about where candidates stand on Bloor/Danforth bike lanes, see question #5 on
www.torontocat.ca/main/platform_election_surveys

And visit www.takethetooker.ca

We bike – We vote!

Check out the facebook event page for it here.

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How Bike-Friendly is your City Councillor?

How Bike-Friendly is your City Councillor?A couple days ago we let you know about the Bike Union publishing how a bunch of City Councillors (the ones who participated in TCATs election survey) have voted on bikelane installation motions before City Council during the last few years.

Here at BikingToronto we decided to take it one step further and figure out (Google Doc) exactly who were the bike-friendliest Councillors in terms of Council voting (and who were the most bike-UNfriendliest).

The chart below takes all the voting records in the Bike Union document and gave Councillors +1 point when they made a bike-friendly vote and -1 point when they either made a bike-UNfriendly vote or didn’t bother to show up to vote.

Now we can all see, quickly and easily, who is the friendliest and who is the unfriendliest.

How Bike-Friendly is your City Councillor?

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Where Candidates Stand On Cycling Issues

The Toronto Cyclists Union is continuing their excellent work on getting cyclists involved in the municipal elections of Oct. 25th.

They’ve just released a wrap-up (PDF) of the voting records of every member of City Council on all bike-related decisions, which they made with the help of the Election Survey done by TCAT recently:

Check out our bike friendly summary of TCAT’s election survey – see the documents attached below! The Toronto Cyclists Union has identified a list of candidates who possess the potential to best understand and support the needs of cyclists in Toronto. This list was compiled solely based on candidates who completed the TCAT election survey.

Check out the document (PDF) and see how bike-friendly your city councillor has been.

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A Map of Rossi’s Separated Bikelanes

A few days ago we told you about Rocco Rossi’s Flip-Flop on bikelanes on major streets (he likes the idea now).

The Toronto Star has published a map (above) of where these physically-separate bikelanes would be.

Rossi’s proposed network includes east-west lanes on Richmond St. between Parliament and Bathurst Sts., and the existing Wellesley Ave.-Harbord St. lane separated from traffic between Parliament and Ossington Ave.

Cyclists travelling north-south would use the existing Sherbourne St. lane that would be separated from traffic between Elm Ave. and Queens Quay; or, to the west, the St. George St./Beverly St. lane extended to Queens Quay.

Rossi says building dedicated lanes in other cities has cost between $168,000 and $454,000 per kilometre.

His plan was quickly denounced as “a last-minute, half-baked idea” by Yvonne Bambrick, spokeswoman for the cyclists union.

“All he’s doing is tweaking (routes) that exist already,” and separating them from traffic, rather than proposing a true network that includes the suburbs, she said.

What do you think of Rossi’s new bikelane plan?

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