Happy Bike Month 2017!
My favourite way to get around is by bike. I cycle around Toronto as I go to meetings or run errands. Like many cyclists in the city, active transportation allows me to fit some exercise and fun into my hectic day. The cost of parking and the low carbon footprint of biking add to the appeal of pedal power.
Last year, I joined a group of my Liberal colleagues and Saguenay residents for a bike ride before the start of our summer Liberal Caucus meetings. Local MP, Denis Lemieux, brought us on a tour from Jonquiere to Chicoutimi. We explored some of the region’s extensive bike path network that meanders along the beautiful fjord and through the community. The ride ended at la Petite Maison Blanche, which stands as a reminder of the devastating 1996 flood in Chicoutimi that destroyed dozens of homes and permanently changed the city. As we rode we talked with the local community about healthy living, active transportation, sports and food policy.
The Saguenay bike ride highlighted how active transportation can contribute to tourism and a healthy lifestyle. Relying on the bike paths we explored areas you can’t see from a car. We had discussions while on the move, and we stretched our legs before a series of long meetings.
The first phase of public transit funding for Toronto has already started rolling out. All three levels of government, federal, provincial and City Hall announced funding for active transportation projects such as bike parking at 40 TTC stations and bike share expansion at another 50. Multi-use and bike paths are also supported. These are the types of projects that will make Toronto a more livable, healthier city.
Active transportation continues to be an important topic of discussion in Ottawa and our community. I will continue to advocate for cycling infrastructure and safety as a way to support healthy lifestyles, local tourism & business, and protect our environment.
Healthy living promotes strong communities. Let`s work together to get more bike wheels rolling through our city and build on that strength.
More information on bike month can be found here www.bikemonth.ca/events.
Hope to see you out there!