Dear Coast readers,
Tim Roberts's letter in the April 12 issue of The Coast (Axles of Evil) probably echoed the feelings of many HRM residents starting to wonder why sensible and sustainable tranportation options don't seem to be taken more seriously by our city planners in 2007.
As both an employee of and volunteer with the Ecology Action Centre (EAC), I would like to take this opportunity to invite Tim - and all other readers out there with similar concerns about the state of HRM's transportation infrastructure - to get involved with the Transportation Issues Committee (TIC) of the EAC. To quote directly from the committee's page on the EAC website: "The Transportation Issues Committee's overarching goal is to foster environmentally sustainable and healthy communities through the promotion of sustainable transportation, by:
* Decreasing the number of single occupancy vehicle trips and related emissions, e.g. greenhouse gases, particulate matter; * Promoting increased investment in, and improved design of, sustainable transportation infrastructure; * Advocating for incorporation of sustainable transportation principles by decision-makers; * Encouraging active living through physically active transportation; and * Maintaining a strong media and public profile for sustainable transportation issues."
Just last week, for example, as a direct result of strong and effective EAC advocacy, a sustainable transportation policy commitment was inserted into Nova Scotia's proposed Environment and Economic Sustainability Act.
I hope to see Tim's time and effort working in harness with us at the EAC very soon. To learn more about the TIC, head for the website at www.ecologyaction.ca and click on the Transportation link, call the EAC on 429-2202 and tell us what you'd like to get involved in, or drop by in person to the EAC - we're at 2705 Fern Lane, two blocks north of North Street.
Ian RowberryProgram Manager, Steer CleanEcology Action Centre
By Ian Rowberry