Mission & History


TCAT has a vision of vibrant cities with clean air, a healthy population, and a transportation system that prioritizes walking and cycling.


Our work advances knowledge and evidence to build support for safe and inclusive streets for walking and cycling. We believe that active transportation plays a critical role in creating environmentally and economically sustainable cities.


The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) was formed in 2006 to give a unified voice to the many groups working for a better cycling and pedestrian environment in Toronto. In 2008, TCAT became a project of Clean Air Partnership (CAP), and now guides the active transportation programming at CAP. A review of TCAT’s major milestones and key achievements over its first ten years is featured in the TCAT 10 Year Review.

TCAT History 2006-2016


In 2008, TCAT won the “Group of the Year” community award by ibikeTO at the Toronto Bike Awards.

In 2010, TCAT Director Nancy Smith Lea was awarded a Vital People grant from the Vital Toronto Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation for “Putting active transportation on the map”. The Vital People grant program supports and recognizes leaders who are making outstanding contributions working at non-profit organizations.

In 2016, Nancy was featured in Spacing magazine as one of “12  extraordinary Toronto women who are changing the city’s public realm. These profiles highlight their amazing city-building work while tackling the challenges of working in a traditionally male-dominated profession.” Nancy and Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati, Acting Director, Transportation Infrastructure Management at the City of Toronto were profiled together as “Safer Streets Crusaders”.

In 2018, Nancy was featured in LocalLove.ca, United Way Greater Toronto’s online magazine, as one of eight top women change makers in Toronto working hard to make the city a better place. Also in 2018, at the Ontario Bike Summit, TCAT received a Wheels of Change award from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in the category of Community Collaboration, along with the City of Toronto, WSP, Cycle Toronto, and Bells on Bloor, who each played an important role in the success of the 2016-17 Bloor Street Bike Lane Pilot Project.