By Val Dodge, May 17, 2010 11:35 pm
The Ward 29 Bikes information table at the local Community Environment Day a couple of Saturdays ago was quite popular, sandwiched as it was between the free compost and discount green bins. We spoke with dozens of cyclists, including three candidates for Ward 29 councillor in the upcoming municipal election, mayoral hopeful George Smitherman (above), and retiring councillor Case Ootes. The biggest concern among the people who visited our table was safety: they wanted safe, convenient, and well-maintained cycling routes throughout Ward 29, whether for going downtown for work, to the Danforth for shopping, or to local destinations like schools, parks, and libraries.
We helped many cyclists identify safer recreational and commuting routes, while taking recommendations about what infrastructure was most important. No surprise there: practical bike lanes led the charge. But we also heard a lot about the need for more bike parking at shopping destinations like the Danforth, and about the sorry state of maintenance on many common cycling routes. Coming up this summer, we’ll be producing an audit of these very concerns. Stay tuned.
And a thanks to retiring Ward 29 councillor Case Ootes (above) and his executive assistant Sunny Petrujkic for helping to arrange our presence at this year’s Community Environment Day. We look forward to working with Ward 29’s new councillor at next year’s event.
Thanks to Ward 29 Bikes member Kathy Chung for the bottom three pictures.