A Toronto city councillor wants to re-open the long standing debate on the pros and cons of road hockey on its residential streets.
Like most large Canadian cities, including Hamilton, there are laws on the books forbidding kids from playing all sports on the road in their hood.
When asked, politicians will blame it on lawyers and opportunist citizens who will sue for almost any reason.
I guess we have to accept that, but it’s how we deal with those issues that determines whether we are truly a progressive city or not.
Kingston has come up with a code of conduct that includes daylight hours of play, visibility and street speed limits, with no problems.
I find it fascinating we will spend millions to encourage adults out of their cars and onto bicycles, and yet practically force kids inside by restricting their independent play.
It’s as if we want the adults outside to use the streets, but not the kids.
In the end, isn’t it all about physical activity to alleviate obesity?
Maybe we need another lane, forbidding everyone, but those wishing to play sports.
And while we’re at it, let’s talk about tobogganing.
I’m Scott Thompson.
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