Bring back Kyle Ashley "@TPS_ParkingPal" to protect #BikeTO

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NOV. 6, 2017 -- The members and supporters of Toronto's cycling community demand the restoration of Twitter handle @TPS_ParkingPal.

The shuttered account belongs to Toronto Parking Enforcement Officer Kyle Ashley who has proven an unsurpassed, unwavering support for cyclists and bike lanes in Toronto.

We want Toronto Police Services to expedite their review of PEO Ashley's account so it can be restored.

We believe PEO Ashley plays a crucial role as a defender of cyclist safety throughout Toronto and we denounce the removal of his right to democratic free expression.

Rather than having his protective voice crushed, PEO Ashley deserves to be restored to Twitter and retained in an advocacy role, filling a void that has historically existed in Toronto.

Until PEO Ashley, supported by the cycling community, began speaking up against corporate scofflaws and vehicle drivers who were consistently parking illegally in the bike lanes with impunity, the dangers for cyclists were much greater than they are now.

His efforts to call out corporate vehicles led to a public announcement from Canada Post stating they would no longer park in the bike lanes -- an announcement that never should have had to  be made. They should not have been parking there in the first place.

We rally around PEO Kyle Ashley and support him because he has exhibited a genuine and unfailing concern for cyclist (and pedestrian) safety on the streets of Toronto.

These are concerns that we, the undersigned, share.

Follow #BringBackKyle, #FreeParkingPal as well as #BikeTO and #TOpoli on social media.

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Tweeting bicycle officer a powerful voice that shouldn't be silenced

Previous @TPS_ParkingPal petition:

Toronto police: continue #bikeTO bike lane ticket blitz with PEO Kyle Ashley

** Pls note, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders is on leave, so we direct this petition to his deputy who is currently in charge.



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