Dear Mr. McGuinty, In the absence of appropriate infrastructure in our cities and the consequence of fatalities and injuries in collisions between motorized and non-motorized vehicular traffic, we submit a proposal for legislation for Alternative/Complementary Transportation. Sustainability and livability in Ontario cities have been drastically compromised due to inconsistency in urban planning and lack of mobility management. The effect has been a disproportionate impact on economics, health, safety, and environmental repercussions. Both levels of Government have overlooked and undervalued costs and benefits in conventional transport economic evaluation. Transportation imbalance and failure to integrate alternative modes of transportation have contributed to road congestion, healthcare costs, lost productivity, environmental decline. Thereof, this is to request a review for new Acts, law, or changes to the Provincial Policy Statement under the Planning Act to introduce Provincial Legislation for Alternative Transportation Infrastructure in our cities.
I want my tax dollars to be used in a way that also serves me and not just people who drive cars. I ride my bike in Toronto and feel that the city could benifit from bike infrastructure as it would take cars off the road in a congested city. Look at a city like Montreal, who has invested in bike lanes in a city which has already narrower streets. Toronto is severely lagging behind other world class cities in their use of alternative modes of transportation besides cars. Portland, Oregon is an example of a city who has gotten widespread recognition for their support of a more sustainable lifestyle which includes bicycles. Cycling is also healthy for people who use it as a mode of transportation and could lead to a healthier, fit population since it increases your heart rate the same way that going to the gym would. We should be thinking of ways to improve the physical health of our population and this is one of them, especially since many jobs nowadays are sedentary. We sit in our cars and then go sit at work. Why not at least use our bodies on our ways to and from work?
Thank you for your time,
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