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He's trying out the "Copenhagen Wheel"
With his trendy track-style ghost bike, smart cap and scarf I think Mayor David Miller is really representing Toronto Bike Chic
That's awesome. Good find Duncan!
This video is also part of a Metro news story about Miller loving all the cyclists in Copenhagen:
David Miller has, along with other mayors from big cities all over the world, spent the last few days in Copenhagen, which is hosting the UN climate summit, COP15.
But the lord mayor of Copenhagen, Ritt Bjerregaard, is also hosting a mayors summit, enabling the cities to exchange ideas and practical solutions. “I have been very impressed with the biking culture of Copenhagen,” said Miller.
“A vast amount of people use their bikes to get to and from work or their studies, even on a day like today when it’s snowing.” Actually, Miller is the only one of the mayors assembled who looks totally at ease in the freezing cold and whirling snow of the Danish capital.
Nice! I'm wondering, though, other than for political events, does he ride in the city?
The cynic in me thinks it is somewhat appropriate that he's riding an all white bike. A subtle representation of what Toronto is doing for its cyclists.
I don't recall Mayor Miller ever being a utilitarian cyclist. Prior to becoming Mayor he was an avid public transit user and over the last couple years he has been jogging a lot but I rarely hear him talk about cycling.
I think the amount of public transit investments Miller has pushed for (transit city LRT, York subway extension, etc.) shows where his priorities are. Don't get me wrong, public transit is important, but nothing is more sustainable than bike infrastructure. Our city is bankrupt largely because we can't afford the operating costs of our cumbersome public transportation system.
Although I think Miller has good intentions about improving cycling in Toronto, he fell way short of where he could have been if he had a bit more passion to push through changes. It's insane that we are spending billions and billions of dollars on public transit and less than $20 million/year to very slowly implement the City of Toronto Bike Plan.
We are willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to send 400 diesel trains each day from downtown to the airport, but we can't spend the $15-20 million to link the Toronto West Railpath to downtown?
If only Miller had visited Copenhagen prior to his last year in office ;)
If only every driver in Toronto visited Copenhagen, you mean? :-)
David Miller fought for us on Jarvis, spending a lot of personal political capital on the bike lane issue.
Could he have done more? Sure, but he was aware of the limits people could be pushed. Bloor Street? Why didn't WE make this a priority to him earlier?
He mused on putting tolls on highways but knew we weren't ready for that battle. Will the Gardiner still come down without him leading the way?
I don't know, it depends on the direction the people want to go. The people lead the way, not the mayor.
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