In the lead up to the 2006 Municipal Elections, TCAT created an Active Transportation Platform that identified actions that the next City Council could take to support cycling and walking – or what we call active transportation. The TCAT plan for active transportation was the result of consultation with over 20 environmental, health and transportation groups from across Toronto.
Toronto is suffering from an ever-increasing number of smog days where the air is dangerously polluted, in part caused by motor vehicles. Cities around the world have started to experiment with closing streets to motorized traffic on days when their air quality deteriorates.
In addition to increasing its own programs the city should assist community members to promote Active Transportation in their neighbourhoods. Council should set up a grant program that community organizations, Bike User Groups and pedestrian promotion groups could apply to for funds to conduct their own activities that promote Active Transportation.