One local tradition is that our MP, Peggy Nash, hosts a Canada Day event at High Park where a number of people are sworn in as Canadian Citizens. As part of the event, there are always tables for various community groups. This morning, the Ward 13 and Ward 14 groups of Cycle Toronto were there to promote cycling, and to get some signatures for a campaign to get a pilot project for Bike Lanes on Bloor.
The conversations with people were generally bimodal: either people cycled in the city and enjoyed it (although they thought it could be safer), or they immediately responded that it was way too dangerous to bike. Either way, all understood that Cycle Toronto is working towards better bicycle infrastructure across the entire city.
The Ward 14 group has a clever promotion where they get people to pose with a picture frame, and put out the pictures over social media. Here is Mary Jo taking a picture of a couple of experienced city cyclists.
Here is the link to today’s rogue’s gallery (on FB).
My Haul a Day has become my go to bike for bike advocacy. At the very least, it is a great conversation starter.
This is John. He has done a Kent Peterson, and has switched from biking to scootering. Further conversation revealed that he has more folding bikes than I do.
At one point, there was a frisson of excitement as Thomas Mulcair dropped by to say hello, along with Peggy Nash. Peggy has been very supportive of cycling, and you can see her picture here and there in past blog posts.
Here is the picture frame picture of the two of them, taken and posted by Rob Z of Ward 14.
Here are Thomas and Peggy with the families of a new Canadian Citizen.
As he left, I couldn’t resist the urge to run up and get a picture. I told him that when he becomes the next Prime Minister, I wouldn’t be able to do such a thing. He was amused.
I should note for my (very few) US readers that we have a parliamentary system of government where the leader of the party with the most seats becomes Prime Minister. Thomas Mulcair is the leader of the NDP, the most leftward of the three major parties. General dissatisfaction with the current Conservative government is so high that whoever can present a creditable alternative will win this October, but the issue has been that the political left has often been split between the NDP and the Liberal Party, with the NDP traditionally coming in a distant third. However, recent polls show that the NDP is at least running neck and neck with the other two parties, and this was reflected by the fact that there were news cameras following Tom Mulcair around. Note also the distinct lack of security around someone who in the US would be a leading presidential candidate.
At the end of my shift, I was biking home and noting the large number of families and groups biking to the park. We are still waiting on the sharrows that are supposed to go in on High Park Ave, exactly where this picture was taken.