I had opportunity to interview Roelof Wittink at the Complete Streets Summit at University of Toronto. Urban sustainable transport is poised globally to become much more efficient as our planning behaviours evolve to create mobility for all people, not only for cars.
Complete Streets are roadways designed and operated to enable safe, attractive, and comfortable access and travel for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and public transport users of all ages and abilities.  Official policies that encourage or require such accommodation are known as complete streets policies. (definition provided by Wikipedia)
The following letter, while visceral reaction to a tasteless political conversation at Toronto City Hall, articulates the importance of Complete Streets policy in Toronto and in every jurisdiction globally. We need to recognize that Bikes are part of the solution for decarboning the economy. We need to consider with humility that the Streets of Yesterday were designed by and for adults with cars, and the Streets of Tomorrow will be designed for maximum efficiency in creating cities that move, where all modes of travel are accessible and safe, including Walking, Cycling and Transit. by Dave Meslin on Wednesday, 08 December 2010 at 10:13 Dear Don, Congratulations on being chosen to introduce Mayor Ford on his first day at City Council. It's quite an honour. I think it's unfortunate that you used the opportunity to be divisive and fan the flames of partisan politics at City Hall. What our city needs, and wants, is a collaborative approach to decision making that attempts to take into account different perspectives and opinions.
This is part of a series of videos from the Toronto Coalition for Active Transit Complete Streets Forum 2010. Click here to subscribe to the TCAT channel.
Quite a contrast to Enrique Penolosa, Toronto Mayoral candidate Rob Ford believes streets are for Cars, Buses, and Trucks. to call him a Luddite is complimentary. If Ford wins this election I think I will chain myself to the first bike lane that he threatens to remove. Suddenly American cities such as Portland, Chicago and Denver are looking like better places to live than TO.
Enrique Penolosa Complete Streets Former mayor of Bogota discusses social justice issues in the public space. The disparity of privelege between pedestreians, cyclists, drivers and other public space users.