Each November the City's Budget Committee decides which divisions and what projects to allocate its capital budget for the next year. The committee sets aside one day to get feedback from the general public on these decisions.
Date: Friday, November 13
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Committee Room 1, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
A reminder that the Operating Budget Public Hearings are happening this Wed, Feb 18th. Once again, bikeToronto.ca has done an excellent job of analyzing how the BIke Plan will fare in the proposed budget.
cycling infrastructure capital projects got the nod from the City's
budget committee at their meeting on November 25th, 2008:
- to build bike trails through the Finch and Gatineau Hydro Corridor, subject to receiving funding from the Province;
- to provide winter maintenance on the Martin Goodman Trail, between
Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road, as a pilot, for the 2009/2009
winter season; and
Though it was a big surprise, TCAT was happy to see a very significant
increase for cycling infrastructure in the city's 2009 Capital Budget,
released last week. This year's budget was set at $5.5 million and next
year it will increase to $7.9 million. Considering the difficult
economic times, and budget freezes and reductions in other areas, this
move shows that bicycling investments are a clear priority of the mayor
and budget chief. The budget will still need to move through the
consultation and committee process before it reaches City Council for
Today, TCAT made a presentation to the City's Budget Committee during its public hearings. TCAT has spent the past week reviewing the staff recommended budget, and has identified 4 key priorities to emphasize to the committee. They are:
Doubling the current funding dedicated to cycling promotion,
safety and education staff and programs – like Bike Month and Kids
CAN-Bike Camps – from $164,000 to $328,000 in the City Planning operating budget.
Funding a full-time trails and pathways planner to
This past Monday, the City's Budget Committee released the 2008 staff-recommended operating budget. Councillors and the public now have a week to review the budget and provide comments to the committee before it makes its recommendations to City Council.
Last week City Council approved its 2008 Capital Budget and 2009-2012 Capital Plan.
Despite a motion
to cut the $5.5 million cycling infrastructure and approximately $1
million traffic calming budgets, active transportation got a small
boost this year. However, TCAT maintains that enough was not done this
year, and that waiting for a report on Bike Plan implementation due in
June will continue to postpone the needed acceleration another year.
Toronto City Council is spending today reviewing and eventually approving its 2008 Capital Budget and 2009-2012 Capital Plan.
TCAT News has been reporting on this process since it began in early
November, and TCAT has been leading the cycling community in demanding
increased funds for cycling infrastructure, specifically to meet
Council's goal of completing the Bike Plan by 2012.