Comment 99624

By View From The Mountain (anonymous) | Posted April 02, 2014 at 11:40:14

You say that everyone already pays for roads through income (provincial) and property taxes (municipal) taxes. But you failed to mention the gas taxes (provincial), which obviously won't be recovered from cyclists. I would be curious to know how much of the gas tax goes directly to roads.

I drove (by car) on Burlington St. the other day, and I saw two sets of side walks - literally side by side - in an industrial neighbourhood. Pedestrian side walks that will likely never be used by pedestrians or cyclists.

Then I took a drive along Rymal - home to one of our busiest library branches, a newly opened Catholic high school, and soon one of the largest Public high schools in the city - and for the most part saw no side walks at all. Students, mothers with baby carriages, those who dare walking along what's left of the gravel on the side. It almost seems as if we gave up on maintaining our Mountain thoroughfares after the great Expressway was born.

I'm not sure who is responsible for allocating our tax dollars to maintain local roads, side walks, or planning our transportation infrastructure, but obviously, there's a major disconnect. Instead of the patch work we have, we deserve a proper master plan for the entire city; whether that means converting existing roads to be more pedestrian friendly, upgrading the existing system, or covering our neighbourhoods in roundabouts - it must include some common sense.

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