One day, not too far in the future, I hope to see significantly more people that look like me, parents, people of color, and people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, cycling year-round in protected, beautiful bike infrastructure, right here in the City of Toronto. This cause is personal for me. I am here for my kids and for those who are under-represented in the bike community. In my work as Managing Director at 8 80 Cities I am committed to building cities that work for everyone. Outside of work I volunteer with the Bike Brigade, the Blake Boultbee Youth Outreach Service and the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market. I advocate loudly for Toronto Community Bikeways Coalition, Friends and Families for Safe Streets, the Toronto Public Library and more. I also collaborate directly with elected officials, government entities and community members on social and equity issues. I believe the only way that we’ll make our goals a reality, is by building a coalition and working fervently towards our goals, together.
What are your plans as Bicycle Mayor?
As Bike Mayor for the City of Toronto, I plan to work directly with community organizations to adopt cycling inclusion and safety in the communities, in each of the six boroughs. I will work with employers to adopt cycling commuter programs and BIAs in the city to engage in bike-focused activities, with an emphasis on reaching BIPOC and under-served community groups. To achieve these goals, I will need your support and participation. Please reach out and let me know how you’d like to participate in making Toronto a cycling city!