Friday, September 01, 2006
The case for voting for Case Ootes.
A lot of you will read this and expect it to be dripping with sarcasm. I guarantee it is not, rather it is pointing out a very sad truth. Councillor Case Ootes has led the way in promoting the needs of cyclists and uniting in them in a way no other Councillor has done since Jack Layton, who himself probably owes a lot of his cycling success to Ootes. Unfortunately Ootes' approach is negative and the univeral disdain amongst cyclists for him is what makes him so important.
Ootes is honest. He does not like cyclists nor appreciate the benefits of cycling. He is not afraid to say so. When he opens his mouth cyclists band together to resist his attempts to set us further backwards. No other Councillor has this effect. Even the current Co-chair of the Cycling Committee, Adam Giambrone, cannot manage to unite more than a half dozen cyclists for any one cause. For that matter, no one in the Toronto cycling community can unite as many cyclists. There are currently strong non-political challenges like Bike Friday that unite cyclists over a wide front. There is a new group, the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation, that is trying to take a shot at uniting cyclists for the upcoming election. Yet to this point it has been Ootes that has united cyclists on the political front.
It is imperative that Case Ootes wins re-election in the upcoming municipal election otherwise there will be no one to unite, regardless of the cynical overtones, cyclists to demand improvements to our quality of life on the road. Having Ootes removed from Council will only help Toronto City Council get away with doing nothing. It is a bitter pill to swallow but we cannot afford to lose him.
This November, vote Ootes.