Comment 103066

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted July 07, 2014 at 22:36:17 in reply to Comment 103062

Please don't pretend that we haven't already spent the past several years doing just that. The technical challenges are easy; it's the political challenges that present the real obstacle. Status quo inertia, fear of change and reactionary pandering have been holding this city back for decades.

We have a Council that is afraid to make any material progress on its own unanimously stated goal of making city streets safer and more inclusive. Council recently balked at implementing a small number of modest, inexpensive two-way conversions that were Council-approved 13 years ago.

One councillor famously lamented that he was "exhausted" at the blistering pace of change after approving a cycle track funded from local ward reserves on a dismal street with about twice as much lane capacity as it needs - and that was only after a massive grassroots campaign involving thousands of residents.

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