Platform 2006 Review - PROMOTE
10. Double Staffing for Cycling and Pedestrian Safety Education and Promotion programs offered by the City of Toronto to allow the following programs to be offered.
- Walk and Bike to School program
- Sidewalk cycling countermeasure program.
- School based active transportation education programs
- Cycling Ambassadors
- Bike User Group Program
There are approximately 3 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff working on cycling promotion in Transportation Services and 1 FTE working on cycling safety education in Parks Forestry & Recreation.
There is no one specifically assigned to pedestrian safety education and promotion.
11. Support the “2% Solution for Active Transportation” put forward by Green Communities Canada which calls for 2% of new gas tax money from the Federal Government to be dedicated to education and promotion regarding Active Transportation.
About 4.2% of the Federal/Provincial infrastructure stimulus funds the City receives will be spent on cycling infrastructure.
12. Set up an annual grant to fund Community group projects that promote Active Transportation.
No such grant program exists. However Transportation Services provided funding for TCAT and the Clean Air Partnership’s Bike Summits in 2008 and 2009, the Complete Streets Forum in 2010, for some research and evaluation work, and has funded partnership activities with the Toronto Cyclists Union.