We’ve been hearing a lot about “Complete Streets” lately. Increasingly, people are calling for our roads to be made safe for ALL users. In Toronto, advocacy organizations have been formed by transit users. They also exist for cyclists. There is even an organization that promotes electric vehicles. Unfortunately, there are no longer any groups advocating on behalf of pedestrians. This gap in the sustainable transportation ranks is soon to be filled.
A circle of walking advocates and active transportation enthusiasts is in the process of launching a Toronto-based pedestrian advocacy group. The founding meeting will be held at Metro Hall, on Feb. 13, 2013. Avid walkers are encouraged to attend an event that will result in Toronto’s Complete Streets movement finally becoming ‘complete’.
We will not compete with existing organizations whose scope is limited to policy. Instead, our feet will be planted firmly on the ground, and we will advocate to improve walking conditions and safety with various levels of government, as well as with private property owners. In many ways, we will be continuing the work of the now dormant Toronto Pedestrian Committee, as well as Feet on the Street.
The temporary, working title of this website, “pedTO”, will change after the official name of the pedestrian group has been chosen after the founding meeting.