“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’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.
This policy is about taking land that is literally sitting fallow and turning it into a job creator and a revenue creator. — Chicago, IL: Mayor Rahm Emanuel touts the city’s pioneering community gardens program, now expanded to allow commercial farms to operate within the city, bringing jobs and a constant source of tax revenue while helping the environment. Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford wants to sell the city’s existing urban farms and close any that can’t be sold, all to pay for making vehicle ownership tax-free.