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posted by Joe on Thursday, December 21, 2006 Share/Save/Bookmark

Dear Biking Toronto readers:

Joe has kindly asked for a status report on the "promotion of cycling" petition before we all take breaks from blogging and cycling politics over the holidays.

So here's the story:

The petition was conceived on Nov. 4, 2006.

It was placed online at on Nov. 16. As of today (Dec. 18) it holds over 2400 signatures, including those of former Canadian Olympic cyclist Curt Harnett, and well known coach Ziggy Martuzalski.

The Memorial Muse (in Newfoundland) wrote about the petition on November 30th.

Get Out There Magazine –both the western and eastern editions - will be writing about the petition in their Jan/Feb issue.

Toronto NDP MP Olivia Chow has agreed to present the petition to Parliament when we are ready to hand it over to her. An official petition must be in the traditional paper and ink format, with written signatures, and so we are planning to spend January and February collecting signatures, and handing the completed petition to Ms. Chow in March 2007.

To that end, we are searching for businesses across the country to offer themselves as "signing sites' for the paper version of the petition. So far the Toronto and Winnipeg locations of Mountain Equipment Co-Op have agreed to do this, as well as both branches of Grassroots in Toronto. If you would like to offer your place of business as a signing site, or if you are simply someone who thinks they can get lots of friends to sign, write to me at and I will send you the petition as an attachment. You could print it off (as many copies as you need), get people to sign, and then snail-mail it back to me in February.

The written version will contain the names of Curt Harnett, current Canadian Ironman champion Jasper Blake, and former Lance Armstrong teammate, and current T Mobile rider, Michael Barry.

To everyone who has helped out with this petition by emailing their friends and saying "Hey Sign This!" thank you so much.

Happy Holidays,

Chris (Tuco)


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