Greens call for cooperation in supporting safe streets

Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner is calling for all party support for legislation to make our roads safer. The Keeping Ontario’s Roads Safe Act introduced today is a step in the right direction. 
The Green Party for years has called for stiffer penalties for motorists who “door” cyclists, a one-metre safe passing law, and enhanced tools for municipalities to improve road safety. All of these items, along with stiffer penalties for distracted drivers, are included in this omnibus transportation bill. 
 
The Green Party has in the past has endorsed PC Norm Miller’s private members bill to require paved shoulders on provincial highways and NDP Cheri DiNovo’s private members bill for a one-metre safe passing law. Both are included in the Keeping Ontario’s Roads Safe Act. 
 
“Safe streets are too important for political games to delay sending the Keeping Ontario’s Roads Safe Act to committee,” says Schreiner. “Does the bill deliver the ‘complete streets’ approach called for in the Coroner’s Cycling Death Review? No. Does it move us in that direction? Yes. Let’s work together to improve this bill at committee and get it passed.”
 
Schreiner says the Green Party will continue to push for cycling and walking infrastructure funding in the 2014 budget, and for a Complete Streets Act to make Ontario’s roads and streets safe for all users.
 
“The Green Party will continue to push for a dedicated fund for cycling and walking infrastructure to make our roads safer,” says Schreiner. “Ontario must invest in infrastructure for all users if the government is truly serious about making our roads safer.”