Biking becomes an election issue in Toronto
See "Bike lanes divide mayoral candidates: Conflicting views emblematic of divide between right and left" from the Toronto Star. One candidate is against bike lanes, another proposes to charge a registration fee to bicyclists. From the article:
"Cycling should be a non-ideological, dare I say common-sense, issue that spans the political spectrum. It should transcend left-right ideological divides. But in reality, it doesn't," said Myer Siemiatycki, a politics professor at Ryerson University.
"Some of it has to do with if your mindset is locked into the idea that the city is a place of business and efficiency," he said. A right-wing point of view, municipally, means "putting the needs of business and development and growth first," he said. "The left seems to have more concern, generically, for quality of life, the recognition of diverse and different needs and lifestyles."
Ironically, if the "needs of business and development and growth" were considered in a more nuanced fashion and optimal mobility was prioritized, sustainable transportation--walking, biking, and transit--would have to take center stage in mobility policy.