Toronto, ON (June 30, 2015)- The Rider Training Institute (RTI) has issued an open letter to Ontario Transportation Minister, Steven Del Duca, pressing for policy changes that would allow motorcycles to occupy temporary HOV lanes along the QEW, 404, and 401 expressways.
“The decision to exclude motorcycles from using these lanes, while simultaneously allowing hybrid and 3+ occupant vehicles demonstrates that the MTO may not be aware that motorcycles do not cause unnecessary congestion, motorcycles eliminate it” says Sharron St. Croix, RTI’s Executive Director. “We’re pressing for the Minister to reconsider this decision, as the City of Toronto has, with a view to encouraging all forms of alternative vehicle use, especially during the Pan-Am Games when our already overburdened roads will be pushed to their limits.” St. Croix added.
This open letter, combined with a feature editorial in this month’s issue of Inside Motorcycles Magazine, are intended to draw attention to the fact that motorcycles are largely absent from transportation policy planning throughout the GTA. “Our lobbying efforts are gaining momentum, and we’ve been engaged with policymakers and law enforcement throughout the GTA for some time now” St. Croix notes.
About RTI: Since 2001 the Rider Training Institute (RTI) has offered comprehensive motorcycle licensing and skills development training throughout locations across Ontario. From our inception, thousands of seasoned and novice riders alike, from all walks of life and skill levels, have chosen the Rider Training Institute as an ongoing partner towards developing long term safe and enjoyable motorcycling careers.