Thank you all for coming to learn a bit more about me, and the work I am doing to make our country's streets safer.
To start - my name is Kyle Ashley - and if you drive, you might remember me for having given you a ticket for being in a bike lane. If you bike, you might remember me from my time as @TPS_ParkingPal or as @theBicyKyle on social media as Toronto's bike lane Batman.
From 2013 to July 2018, I was employed by the Toronto Police Service as a Parking Enforcement Officer. In the summer of 2017, with one tweet - and a heartbeat - my life, and the face of bike lane enforcement across the world would change. Law enforcement officers from around the globe began to take up our model of naming and shaming corporate offenders.
It was during this time that I discovered my life's true calling: making our roads safe. Safe enough that someone who is 8, and someone who is 80 can feel secure in using our streets. It was through my experiences and observations, that I realized I could no longer sit idly by and watch the carnage unfold on #TODeadlyStreets - and I made the decision to become a full-time road violence reduction advocate. I came to the realization that enforcement, despite its uses, is no substitution for safe/complete streets in a Vision Zero system.
The mission of @theBicyKyle is quite clear: to promote bicycle commuter culture, to facilitate discussion, and to advocate for safer roads by attending community events, and public deputations. It is also our mission to spread kindness and consideration across our city, things we could all use more of in our daily lives.
It is because of this mission that I am singularly focused on reducing road violence. Over the past year, I have spent time travelling across Canada, giving keynote lectures to various institutions such as The University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine, the Ontario Traffic Council, the Bike Minds Talk-Show and the Southwestern Bicycle Summit. I also have provided keynote addresses on my experiences as an LGBTQ officer and advocacy of anti-bullying initiatives through the International Day of Pink.
If you are interested in having me speak to your group, or attend an event - feel free to contact me.
Your friendly neighbourhood BicyKyle,
Have an event you'd like me to attend or promote? Want to know more about how we can make our streets safer?