Earlier this year, the leaders of Cycle Toronto, The Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), and Scarborough Cycles, participated in a Leading Social Justice Fellowship program offered by the University of Toronto School of Cities and United Way Greater Toronto. Their project was to address equity around the lack of cycling infrastructure in Scarborough and how to elevate community voices who have been historically marginalized and have been provided with no safe active transportation options for their trips. Their work led to the creation of Scarborough Needs a Cycling Network.
Scarborough Needs a Cycling Network is “a documentary of people riding bicycles in Scarborough. What we found were many positives shared across these experiences — joy, health, utility, cost savings, and more. However, there was an equal amount of fear, danger, lack of safety, and the common knowledge that Scarborough roads take lives. There was one thing that every single person said: Bike lanes would make Scarborough roads safer and better for people.”