Well it appears I started this blog just in time for Bike Month 2013.
While I start to really immerse myself into the true bike culture of the city – this article helps sum up all the current happenings in Toronto: Global News – Toronto Kicks Off Bike Month.
And it’s a sad state of affairs. It’s like our Mayor is smoking crack when he opposes anything and everything bike related. He hears bike and seems to think “complete waste of money”. This video sums up his a wonderful, well-educated point of view *note sarcasm* from Mayor Ford:
Davenport MPP (my riding!), Jonah Schein, makes a statement saying ‘Ontario is dragging its feet, while Quebec has invested hundreds of millions in a provincial bike network’. And it looks like Montreal is ‘North America’s premiere bicycle city’ according to The Copenhagenize Report.
I’m not considering myself an expert on how to improve bike lanes in our city. Other than one obvious strategic approach – let’s get a new Mayor. But I’m looking forward to investigating more. Ideally I’d like to meet with Jonah Schein as well as a TO politician who’s views are more related to Rob’s but not as fanatical (I don’t handle bigotry well).
Stay posted and keep reading.
As for my goals for Bike Month 2013:
- Go to at least 2 Bike Month Events
- Get a bike tune-up (ideally at one of the free tune-ups!)
- Get a very good, bright front light
- Help get my good friend from Fresh Intentions more comfortable with riding in the city
- Reach out to Jonah Schein to see if he’d like to meet to discuss the politics behind biking
- ENJOY THE FRESH AIR!
Until next time, bike safely!