Student: Andrew

School: Bayview

INSPIRATION: What ideas, projects or movements have you seen that make you hopeful about the future of our cities?

VISION: In what ways should we design our cities differently in order to have a sustainable future?

To design our cities differently in order to have a sustainable future, decision-makers should put an emphasize on public transportation rather than only emphasizing on building roads and bridges, as there is a notion that expanding highways and roads reduces congestion, but this does not relieve congestion (and often causes the opposite to happen.)

ACTION: What can your generation do now to bring us closer to this future?

  • If your local transit agency offers a program for high school students to promote transit usage at school, you should definitely participate in it! For example, MiWay in Mississauga has recently launched a Student Ambassadors program.
  • Be informed of the transit projects being built in your area (i.e. Viva bus lanes in Southern York Region)
  • Advocate for better transit in your area if it is lacklustre (i.e. your school is poorly served by your local transit agency) by writing to your local councillors!

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