#Safety Ride for People and Planet

Over four days, September 21-24, in his capacity as Ontario’s Critic for Active Transportation, MPP Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre) will ride his bike from Ottawa to the Ontario Legislature. Along the way he will host community conversations about safety for vulnerable road users (pedestrians, wheelchair users, cyclists and others).

We are calling this the #SafetyRide for people and planet.

Our #SafetyRide will stop in rural, suburban, and urban areas. We hope to hear stories that inspire change.

Our #SafetyRide is about promoting active transportation, seeing the beauty of Ontario by bicycle, and protecting vulnerable road users. Vulnerable road users include cyclists, pedestrians, road workers and people who use mobility devices like walkers or wheelchairs.

This ride isn’t just a challenge, it’s a fun way to think about how to make our communities safer and more sustainable. We want to know what you think. The Ontario Legislature has debated the Protecting Vulnerable Road Users Act five times in the last ten years but it has yet to be passed into law. We are hoping our #SafetyRide can inspire this to happen in Ontario's 43rd Parliament. Our PMB is Bill 40 the Moving Ontarians Safely Act. It includes the following measures for those found guilty of road offenses: community service; license suspension; driver re-education; and also requires a culpable motorist to attend court for sentencing and to hear victim impact statements.

We will also make history: this is the first time an Ontario MPP is biking to Toronto from a significant distance, with the explicit objective of wanting to listen to those with serious concerns about road safety, active transportation, and environmental change. Join us!

  • September 20th Kickoff Ride in Ottawa
    • 5:00 PM @ Chief William Commanda Bridge 
  • September 21st Community Consultation in Kingston 
    • 5:00 PM @ Kingston City Hall (Memorial Hall)
  • September 22nd Community Consultation in Brighton 
    • 4:00 PM @ Brighton Public Library
  • September 23rd Community Consultation in Oshawa 
    • 5:00 PM @ YWCA Durham Gymnasium
  • September 24th Community Consultation in Scarborough
    • 12:00 PM @ Variety Village
  • September 24th Community Bike Ride from Scarborough to Queen's Park
    • 2:00 @ Variety Village, Scarborough
    • 2:30 @ East Lynn Park, Corner of Danforth Ave and West Lynn Avenue
    • 3:30 @ Nathan Phillips Square
  • September 24th Community Consultation at Queen’s Park 
    • 4:15 @ Queens Park South Lawn

Countdown to the #SafetyRide:

Connect with Joel

Give what you can

Address: PO Box 4312, Station E, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B3