August 16th, 2011
A favorite topic of conversation when I’m walking down the street with my daughters?
“What would it be like if there were no cars on the streets?”
Here’s what we’ve imagined:
Cleaner. Greener. Quieter. Prettier. Softer. More fun. (Actually they say “funner” but I feel compelled to edit!)
It’s a lovely picture – a world less relient on gas, with a greater number of healthy, active citizens and more green space.
For me biking equals freedom. From cars. From TTC headaches. From gas. From pollution. From stress. From sitting on my butt.
And it’s fun!
I love biking through the city and being in touch with the sights, sounds, and smells of each neighborhood. The clatter of dishes and dinner smells of Parkdale at 6pm. The quiet lushness of Dufferin Grove at 8:30 am. The zip home along hard core Bloor at 2pm in the afternoon. I can interact with the people, the parks, the sculptures on the West Toronto Railpath and the potholes on Dundas (although they are getting better)
As an artist and art supporter I value connection and creativity. Biking feeds it all.
That it was safer. And easier. And that there were more bikers. ‘Cause everybody knows there’s safety in numbers.
Here is my plea for action…
The Toronto Cyclists Union is looking for more members. If you are a serious biker, sometimes biker or never-gonna-touch-a-bike-but-support-the-concept kind of person, I encourage you to back the work of the good folks at Toronto Cyclists Union. Their work is to advocate for a safer, integrated cycling network in Toronto.
Check out my snazzy page for the ”Refer-a-friend“ campaign for more details on how to join, what the Union is all about and what’s in it for you.
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