Torontonians deserve safe transportation. Road safety should not be political and redesigning our streets to save lives should not be left to debate. I will use my vote on Council and committees to build a safer city for all road users.

Having been to tens of thousands of doors already, I know the Woodbine bike lanes are a critical issue for residents. Many of you are unhappy with the consultation that took place and the impacts of the design like traffic diverting to side streets. What I want is deeper consultation and an expanded conversation with local residents who know the problems and can provide solutions.

I want the community’s input to make this project better — to make it work for all road users. We can get Woodbine moving and make it safer by improving the design and expanding the neighbourhood cycling connections. Small improvements can also make a huge difference, like changing the times when garbage trucks stop along Woodbine to avoid rush hour.

If you agree that we need a more balanced discussion and a local solution, sign the petition calling for the City to engage local residents as the experts on this issue.

Beyond Woodbine, we need to move faster on improving cycling routes across Beaches-East York as part of the 10 Year Cycling Network Plan and adapt some of the existing routes to make them work better for all road users. Toronto is lagging behind other world-class cities in ensuring safe streets for all road users. To eliminate road fatalities and serious injuries, we need to redesign our most dangerous streets and intersections and provide physical separation between vehicles and those travelling on foot or by bike.

Click here to read my letter on the Woodbine bike lanes.