Tonight, the Toronto Cyclists Union voted to do away with the organization’s name. By a very slim margin, the members decided to scrap the old name and move forward with a new name, Cycle Toronto.
I voted against the change, for reasons I detailed in a previous post. However, with the vote now in the past, the weakness and emptiness of the new name can be its strength going forward. It can mean whatever we want it to mean.
Over the last several years, the Toronto Cyclists Union has grown from a handful of activists to over 2,200 dedicated members of all abilities and backgrounds, and from all parts of the city. The organization has done amazing work promoting cycling and advocating for all cyclists in a very hostile political climate. There’s no reason to believe that this important work will stop just because the name has changed. I’m still proud to be a part of it, whatever it’s called.
I still hate the new name, for the record. It’s going to take time to grow on me. It’s going to take adjustment for a lot of people, judging by the angry reactions on Twitter shortly after the meeting. But I’m glad that we had these amazing discussions, and I am optimistic as always about the future of cycling in Toronto.