A few weeks ago, we told you the city of Toronto was ticketing two-wheelers they found parked on the sidewalk. Now, some people are trying to do something to change that.
The movement started with a petition on Change.org, asking Toronto’s parking enforcement officials to stop handing out $50 to riders who park on the sidewalk, as they have for years. Now, Matt Faulkner, who started the petition, is taking his action to the next step. Here are the details from his email:
“On the morning of Tuesday, July 16th we will be handing over our change.org petition (re: restoring the right of scooter riders to park on city sidewalks) to Councilor Josh Matlow in front of Toronto city hall. We are going to hold a RALLY and ride the petition to city hall on our scooters! There will be media coverage. So, please consider coming out if you are able. The more people that attend, the more scooter horns blaring, the better we look. Details below…
Tuesday, July 16th at 8:45 AM we will meet at the corner of John and Wellington (the north west corner of the CBC building). We will then ride our scooters to city hall going north on John and east on Queen. At 9 AM we will be met by Councilor Matlow and his team in front of city hall. We will then hand our petition over to Councilor Matlow.
After that, the rally is officially over and we will cross our fingers and wait. Our petition and the issue of scooters parking on city sidewalks will be brought before city council by Councilor Matlow on July 16th or it might be later in the week. It might pass easily or it might be held up by councillors depending on whether or not it is deemed controversial. These are questions that can’t be answered at this moment.
If you are a scooter rider, please consider being a part of the rally. AND, if you haven’t already, get your friends to sign this petition and email your city councilor now. Finally, please forward notice of this event to every scooter rider you can think of. I want a big, noisy (but orderly) gang of scooter riders making themselves heard!”
So there you have it. Sign the petition, show up, and let your elected leaders know what you think of current city policy.