Cycle Toronto Executive Director, Jared Kolb, and Ward 21 advocacy group member Simon Strauss.
Relaunch of Regular Ward 21 Advocacy Meetings
by Amanda Lewis
Cycle Toronto’s ward advocacy groups help Cycle Toronto provide a unified voice for all cyclists or all ages all across the city. Ward 21 (St. Paul’s) recently relaunched their regular group meetings and new dandy contributor Amanda Lewis was there to provide this report to dandyhorse.
Eleven cyclists gathered at Loblaw’s on St. Clair Avenue West at Bathurst Street on Thursday, January 9th, to create a Ward 21 Organizing Committee, with the ultimate goal of making Ward 21 the “most bike-friendly ward” in the city.
With muffins on the table and a man playing show tunes on the grand piano in the upstairs foyer, the meeting had a fine start. Jared Kolb, Executive Director of Cycle Toronto, kicked things off. He explained Cycle Toronto’s ward advocacy program and why it is essential for members to come together to push for change at City Hall.
When we assemble as ward-organizing teams, we can share the load and inspire each other, and increase participation through group rides and social media outreach. Cycle Toronto has 21 active ward advocacy groups across the city (there are 44 wards), and it needs 23 wards—what Jared called “the magic number”—to pass a motion at council. Continue reading