On April 20th, Toronto’s Executive Committee voted in support of the recommendation to eliminate the City’s 21 advisory committees, including the Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee and the Toronto Pedestrian Committee.
Toronto was one of the first cities in North America to establish a Cycling Advisory Committee in 1975 and is one of the many Toronto initiatives that has been emulated by other cities. The Pedestrian Committee was actively involved in the development of the Walking Strategy, ground-breaking work that recently won an award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for excellence, leadership and innovation in the transportation category.
City Council will have the final vote on whether or not the advisory committees will be eliminated at its meeting on May 17th and 18th. Please consider writing to your Councillor to let them know how you stand on the issue. Find out the email address of your Councillor here.
Advocates have been rallying to save these committees. Read Tammy Thorne’s article in blogTO for reasons why these committees should be saved.
TCAT submitted a written deputation to the Exective Committee. It can be found here.