‘According to Marvin Macaraig, health promoter and Scarborough Cycles coordinator at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, the project was flawed from the start, beginning with the public consultation, or lack thereof.“
There was a meeting to tell residents the bike lanes were going to be put in and a meeting to tell residents that they were coming out,” says Macaraig. What’s more, the structure of public consultations tend to prioritize the interests of those who can attend the meetings and speak English.
It doesn’t favour those working gig economy jobs or essential workers with evening shifts, who might need childcare, or are unfamiliar with the technology required to participate. In some ways, racialized and low-income people may not feel that they have a voice.’