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Ignoring Cars in Toronto

The City of Toronto prioritizes pedestrians, cyclists and transit over cars. Some in the city are concerned that the city is ignoring a car congestion problem that is only growing.

"Toronto's "anti-car" council has focused its spending almost exclusively on public transit, including a new $950 million light rail transit line along Sheppard Ave. E., and allocated relatively modest funds for a pedestrian and bike lane strategy.

"This city seems to be in a deliberate campaign against vehicles," said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong. "Our job is to provide solutions. We are becoming more of a problem."

It's city policy to put pedestrians, cyclists and transit ahead of automobiles as part of its integrated transportation plan. But despite an additional 10 million cars bought by North Americans each year, Toronto has no plan to accommodate the extra vehicles, said the city's manager of transportation services. "

Full Story: Toronto's war on cars

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