Spacing Wire is a website for a Canadian organization advocating for better policy decisions related to utilization of public space. They posted this item about a press release for the Toronto Coalition for Active Transport.
The posting reminds me that our work — as advocates for policy change — is more powerful when we build alliances with those working not only in bike programs, but also the allied issues of pedestrian accessibility and safety, environmentalism, public space planning, and accessibility to transportation for those without financial clout.
Here’s a quote from the TCAT press release.
Active transportation (cycling and walking) is the most affordable, healthy and sustainable mode of transportation. A city where cycling and walking are safe and enjoyable is a great place to live. Toronto could be a world leader in urban living and sustainable transportation, but the City of Toronto dedicates less than 2% of its transportation budget to active transportation.
The next Toronto City Council needs to take active transportation seriously and a new coalition of community groups, businesses and environmental groups has formed to make sure that cycling and pedestrian issues don’t fall through the cracks during election 2006.
The full Spacing Wire article can be found here.