Daniel Ho

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Rob Ford, Toronto City Councillor: Dumbass Quote of the Day!

Rob Ford, Toronto City Councillor with Dumbass Opinion on Bike Lanes An article in the Toronto Star on the city's debt problems gave us this gem of a quote from Rob Ford, Toronto City Councillor for Etobicoke North:

"I can't support bike lanes. Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks. My heart bleeds when someone gets killed, but it's their own fault at the end of the day."

Umm...thanks Rob for your brain dead analysis of the situation Roads are NOT built just for buses, cars, and trucks. If you knew anything about the laws of our land, you'd know that bicycles arguably have MORE of a right to be on the road than your car. As well, if you knew anything about history, you would know that roads became part of the North American urban landscape partly due to efforts of the bicyclist lobby in the US at the turn of the last century.

I'm just thinking out loud, but does this guy even know that the City of Toronto has a Bike Plan? Or that Mayor David Miller publicly stated last month that "We will be the leading environmental city in North America, without question."

Rob, dude, have to tell ya...don't think that having less bikes and more buses, cars, and trucks is going to make this happen.

When I ranted about this to a buddy, she pointed out that in the same article there was this bit. "Asked if there was still fat to cut, Miller said, "absolutely not. The city lost its fat a long time ago. Faster than I have, actually."

My buddy then suggested that maybe the City of Toronto could start cutting fat again with Rob Ford. Hmmm...now THAT'S fresh thinking!

Edit: Here's another great blog entry about this topic.