My birthday wish • Join the Toronto Cyclists Union

What a horrible way to begin my birthday.  Just as midnite was approaching last night, I received a message in my inbox: “Construction crews have begun to remove the bike lanes on Pharmacy Avenue”.

While new bike lanes are being installed in cities as diverse as Ottawa, Vanvoucer, New York and even Oakville and Burlington… Toronto is ripping them out.  It’s embarrassing, and it’s frightening – because it shows that politicians are prepared to put ideology before safety, and make policy based on  soundbites – not evidence.  They are even prepared to put lives at risk, for short term political gain.

Now, more than ever, we need the Toronto Cyclists UnionFor $2.50 per month, you can support Toronto’s only member-driven road safety organisation.  If you want safe streets for your friends and family, support the bike union.  We can turn this city around.  And while we’ve lost Pharmacy – we can still save Jarvis Street.  Thousands of cyclists are depending on it.

It’s my birthday.  Help me celebrate by joining the bike union today.

It’s not unreasonable to ask for safe streets.  Let’s make it happen.


2 responses to “My birthday wish • Join the Toronto Cyclists Union

  1. Already a member of the Cyclists Union… and Happy (belated) Birthday!

    But I wonder; has anyone ever made the effort to show, really *demonstrate*, to drivers how bike lanes help them? Like, say, by getting a group of cyclists to ride together down Pharmacy (or perhaps Jarvis?) at a steady, not to say stately pace, fully occupying the lanes, perhaps with T-shirts emblazoned with a slogan like “You’d be going faster if I still had a bike lane”?

    Just a thought.

  2. Gordon Chamberlain

    What is the Gross Domestic Damage (GDD) of political legislation and the subsequent impact on human mental and physical, economic and environmental well being. With out adequate assessment of policy, acts such as removing bike lanes are enacted with out an true understanding of the consequences. As a result this is an example of Government Accounting Fraud (GAF) because if we ask politicians as to what is the GDD of removing bike lanes we will most likely get a blank stare of annoyance and incomprehension of what is being asked of their decision making rational. But it is quite simple Tell us the Truth.of the impart on human mental physical, economic and environmental well being ?

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