Nancy Smith Lea is the Director of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, a project of the registered charity Clean Air Partnership. She has decades of project management experience and specialized knowledge in applied research and policy analysis specific to Complete Streets, safe and inclusive streets for walking and cycling. Nancy has published several articles and led numerous research projects aimed at improving understanding and conditions for active transportation. In 2011, Nancy was awarded the Toronto Foundation’s Vital People grant for “Putting Active Transportation on the map”. In 2016 she was featured in Spacing magazine as a “Safer Streets Crusader” and one of 12 extraordinary women city builders.
Mikey Bennington is the Policy and Evaluation Lead on TCAT’s Active Neighbourhoods project. He is an active transportation researcher with a background in psychology. He has over 4 years of experience working on active transportation research, knowledge mobilization, partnership development and community engagement. From 2013-2017 he worked as Project Manager: Research Lead, on TCAT Active Neighbourhoods Projects across Ontario. In this role he developed cross-sectoral project partnerships, authored reports, and facilitated community engagement activities. He is currently completing a graduate program (MA) in Public Health at the University of Toronto in The Social and Behavioural Health Sciences.
Car Martin is a Participatory Design Consultant on TCAT’s Active Neighbourhoods project. Car is an interdisciplinary designer with an interest in the production of spaces that reflect diverse voices. She has years of experience in managing participatory design projects of all scales and is currently an intern member of the Ontario Association of Architects, working on local public architecture projects. She holds a professional Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto. Car also has a wealth of experience as a social entrepreneur, initiating and managing successful projects, including an award-winning community bike repair centre at the University of Toronto called Bikechain.
Dr. Beth Savan leads the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank at the University of Toronto and is Research Chair of “Scarborough Cycles: Building Bike Culture Beyond Downtown” with TCAT. She is on the faculty of the School of Environment at the University of Toronto where she was the inaugural Sustainability Director. She has received numerous large research grants on accelerating adoption of cycling for transportation. Beth consults and advises extensively on cycling and other sustainability issues with various clients, is an award-winning teacher and broadcaster, and active on community boards and foundation grants committees.
Trudy Ledsham is Research Lead on the Scarborough Cycles project with TCAT and is working on a PhD in Planning at the University of Toronto. She is also project manager at Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank, a research programme focused on increasing cycling for transportation. She previously worked with TCAT as the project manager for an active transportation community based social marketing project with the Region of Peel. Trudy has degrees in Environmental Studies (HBA) and History (MA) from the University of Toronto. She sees cycling as a keystone of sustainable urban living.
Dr. Marvin Macaraig is the Scarborough Cycles Bike Hub Coordinator, a joint initiative between Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services and TCAT, in partnership with Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre, CultureLink Settlement and Community Services, the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank, and Cycle Toronto. Employed as a Community Health Worker at Access Alliance, Marvin works to increase cycling knowledge in Scarborough by building both institutional and community capacity. Marvin believes that active transportation is a key facet of urban resilience and local prosperity. One of his goals is to find solutions and address barriers that will increase participation in suburban cycling for transportation. Marvin received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (Geography and Planning), has expertise in metropolitan governance and civil society, and has taught several urban geography courses at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is also a co-founder of the Toronto East Cyclists.
Yvonne Verlinden is a researcher at TCAT. She is currently working on two projects: 1) a feasibility study for a driver training program for safely sharing the road with bicycles and 2) the economic impact study for the Bloor Street West bike lane pilot project. She recently completed her Master’s of Planning at Ryerson University, with a focus on transportation, and cycling in particular. For her Major Research Project, she explored the connection between mobility and belonging through a Photo Voice project with newcomers in Toronto who had been loaned a bicycle for the summer. She also worked for the Ministry of Transportation as a writer for the GTA West Corridor review. In 2016, she served as a Complete Streets intern at TCAT during which time she produced a backgrounder on Complete Streets in rural areas. She also created the online version of the Guide to Safer Streets Near Schools and continues to do social media on TCAT’s behalf. She became interested in transportation planning after spending 10 months cycle-touring around the world.