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By Meredith (registered) - website | Posted June 19, 2009 at 20:42:24
"Please post your letters here in the comments as well, so that others might be inspired."
I don't think anyone will top your summary of the main points. I found myself talking about the ones I feel most strongly about... and repeating myself too often ;):
"I am writing to ask that the Cycling Master Plan be approved.
Many compelling reasons exist for this, but the most compelling in my mind are the increased safety of cycling infrastructure, and its accessibility to different ages and income levels --- and the relative affordability of this plan as compared to the amount we spend yearly on road infrastructure. As an occasional cyclist, I would much prefer to have a continuous, usable network that would be safer than biking in the same lane as cars zipping 70 km/h down Main Street - this would give me the confidence to make many trips by bike.
As can be seen in many other cities that provide cycling infrastructure, it increases and encourages ridership.
I urge you to have the vision and courage to implement this plan.
Every time I think about why we need this plan I think of a 15-year-old whom I know. His first name is edited for public RTH posting, and his family lives in a typical subsidized apartment in Ward 2. He bikes everywhere - including several kilometres every Saturday to volunteer with City Kidz. When he works, he bikes to his job. His bike gives him access to opportunities and places that would otherwise be inaccessible. He's the kind of person that I want to see better serviced by cycling infrastructure, not just myself. Please level the playing field for those who are drivers and pedestrians and cyclists in this city, and provide infrastructure that is safer for all forms of transport, not just motor vehicles.
"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose... being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy." - G.B. Shaw
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