As I'm sure you know, Calgary is in the midst of a municipal election campaign. Voting Day is October 16, 2017.
For bicycling, as for many other issues, future investment will depend on who gets elected to City Council. The next council will make many important decisions that will impact your and your family's ability to get around by bike safely and comfortably, like:
- Funding for continued investments in safe and connected bicycling infrastructure, like the cycle track network in Downtown and Beltline
- Maintenance and improvements of the pathway network
- The next revision of the Bikeways and Pathways Plan, which was last updated 17 years ago
- The ongoing and improved implementation of the Complete Streets Guide
- Continued public engagement, outreach, and education
- And many, many more
If you haven't already, visit the Elections Calgary web site and learn about your candidates. See what they have to say about the issues that are important to you. Figure out whether they'll make the investments and decisions you believe in.
Our friends Calgarians for Cycle Tracks have a survey published for Wards 4, 7, 8, 9, and 11.
There's also been some discussion in the media on the subject, including coverage from The Sprawl and Shifter. These pieces are an excellent place to start if you want to know your candidates' position on biking.
Because now is the time to find out: candidates are out looking for votes and they're eager to get yours. So get in touch by phone, email, or social media, and ask them what they stand for.
If you do nothing else this election, get out and vote. This is how you make your voice heard.
Tell your friends and family to vote, and make their voices heard too.
And if you want to make an even bigger difference, consider helping a candidate. Get in touch with their campaign and see what kind of help they need. They'll be very grateful for your support, and there are things you can do right up to the day of the vote.