By Peter D'Gama.
Curbed separated bicycle paths or alternative transportation paths.
With all the different forms of transportation entering the mix including almost silent running electric motorcycles we are at a point where we need to separate weight and speed (cars, trucks, motorcycles electric or otherwise) from light and agile (bicycles, unicycles, skateboards electric or otherwise). We just witnessed an electric skateboard critical mass blasting by. Because of the nature of weight and speed verses light and agile the in-traffic behavior is different and has been leading to confrontations, injuries and deaths and this is why I am proposing curbed separated bicycle paths or alternative transportation paths. Weight and speed need some form of warning they are drifting into light and agile’s lane and light and agile and the city need to write for light and agile rules for the roads and separation from opening car doors.
A Skateboard and BMX Park For Etobicoke.
I am proposing a large diverse terrain skateboard and BMX park for Etobicoke to add to what is already being built to give these two main stream sporting activities a little more equity in the city’s youth sports budgets that lean toward hockey, baseball and football/soccer. I would rather that our future X Games stars work out their budding careers in a well maintained sports facility than in the parking lots, court yards and streets and side walks of our city.
Doubling the street repair and maintenance budget.
The speed by which repairs and resurfacing are occurring are leading to a great deal of wear and tear and safety issues on all transportation vehicles individually, business or publicly owned. The City of Toronto must do a far better job at staying head of the up keep of our city streets.
City car entrance fee and city vehicle registration tax.
I want to put in place a vehicle city entrance fee on all vehicles entering the City of Toronto either on the commuting or tourism vehicles to cut congestion but also to raise funds to do the repairs our streets are in desperate need of. I also want to put back in place the city vehicle registration fee that Mayor Rob Ford removed slowing street repairs to a near stand still. Mayor John Tory was not much better. This needs to be turned around.
I am completely committed to implementation of the Vision Zero Road Safety plan (2017-2021). The amount of incidences of vehicle related fatalities and injuries of the most vulnerable citizens pedestrians, school children, older adults and cyclists is far too high and we must all support the Vision Zero Plan.