“The predominant movement pattern in the city centre will be on foot … It is vital that the public realm is easily accessible, pleasant and safe.” — Dublin, Ireland In a draft report on the future of the Irish capital’s core region, planners note the increase in population will require reducing private vehicle use, repurposing limited road space for transit users and pedestrians. In Toronto, Mayor Rob Ford wants to spend more than $4 billion extra to move a planned light rail line underground, more than doubling the cost, because surface transit might inconvenience car drivers.
“We can’t have a strong economy if we’re not looking after people socially as well. … If anybody thinks that you can pull off one of those elements without the others, they’re fooling themselves.” — Markham, ON: Conservative Mayor Frank Scarpitti discusses new sustainable development and rapid transit initiatives in the Toronto suburb, all while celebrating three straight years of property tax freezes. A few kilometres south, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is going in the opposite direction, cutting taxes by gutting transit and cancelling social programs.
We’ve seen a 58 percent increase in bicycling over the past four years, and local companies are realizing that providing a welcoming environment for people who bike is yet another way to attract top talent. — San Francisco, CA: Mayor Edwin Lee kicks off the city’s Bike To Work events this spring. At the same time, Toronto mayor Rob Ford was announcing the cancellation of the city’s own popular Bike Month events, and cutting 900km of bike lanes from the city’s transportation plan.