Dylan Reid

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In recent years, in part because of my involvement in Spacing, I have become active in various issues in the City of Toronto.

My primary activism is in the area of walking. My involvement with walking policy started with my writing the lead article for Spacing's "Everyone is a Pedestrian" issue, and the "Pedestrian" article in our municipal election issue. I have since been writing a regular column on the subject in Spacing.

My interest in walking led me to join the Toronto Pedestrian Committee, which was an official citizens' advisory body to Toronto City Council, in 2003. We worked with the city to improve Toronto's pedestrian environment, along the lines set out in Toronto's Pedestrian Charter. From June 2007 until 2010, I was co-chair of the committee.

My work on Spacing and the Toronto Pedestrian Committee led me to help found a new group called the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation in 2006. It has since evolved into the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, focusing primarily on research.

In 2013, following the dissolution of the Toronto Pedestrian Committee, I worked with other activists to start Walk Toronto, a new grassroots advocacy group.

As a member of the Community Advisory Committee for the international Walk21 conference on pedestrian issues, held in Toronto in October 2007, I played a role in developing the conference's first-ever "Community Participation Strategy." As part of the community aspect of this conference, I was one of three curators who organized a show of walking-themed art called "Walking Life," held in September-October 2007 (see "Art").

After the Walk21 conference, I proposed a follow-up conference where local presenters from the international conference would present their talks for free to the community. This proposal grew into the Walk21 Community Conference, organized by staff from the City of Toronto and myself. Held on March 1, 2008 at Metro Hall, it attracted almost 100 people from the community to listen to eight speakers share their expertise over the course of the day.

In 2010-2011, I was privileged to be a member of the Toronto City Summit Alliance (now CivicAction) Transportation Working Group, and participated in several roundtable discussions culminating in the 2011 Greater Toronto Summit.

I have designed and led a variety of walks in various parts of Toronto, for youth education, community action, academic conferences, and Jane's Walks. I have also been involved in neighbourhood issues and projects.

As well as these activities, I have also appeared occasionally as a guest or interviewee on local radio and television to talk about some of these issues and initiatives, including CBC radio's Metro Morning, CBC television, Global Television, CIUT Take 5, TVO's The Agenda, CITY TV news, CP24, AM 640 (The John Downs Show and The Tasha Kheiriddin Show), CHUM FM, and Monocle radio. I have also been interviewd for Colin Marshall's podcast "Notebook on Cities and Culture."


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