With funding provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, TCAT was represented by Ryan Anders Whitney at the 2012 Walk21 Conference in Mexico City from September 30 to October 4 presenting on Complete Streets for Canada, the Gap Analysis, and Complete Streets by Design. This year Walk21 partnered with EMBARQ Mexico to create a comprehensive program on sustainability mobility with a focus on initiatives taking place in Latin America. Walk21 takes a global perspective to help inspire healthy, sustainable, and efficient communities where people can choose to walk. EMBARQ works to catalyze and help implement sustainable transport solutions to improve quality of life in cities and has offices in Mexico, the U.S., Brazil, China, India, Turkey, and the Andean Region.
Ryan was especially impressed with all of the initiatives taking place in Mexico City related to Complete Streets including the addition of new bike lanes, dedicated bus lanes, and improved pedestrian infrastructure. For example, Mexico City's popular bike sharing system, Ecobici, was just expanded in advance of the conference. The expansion included 78 new stations and 1,180 new bikes taking the system to a total of 31,000 active users and 9,000 daily trips. The system will be expanded again in mid-November 2012 and is now the second largest bike sharing system in the Americas after BIXI in Montreal.