2011 TCAT Highlights

TCAT Turned Five and Got a New Name

We celebrated our fifth birthday by changing our name to the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation. The change represents TCAT’s evolution from a grassroots advocacy group into a research and education organization since becoming a project of Clean Air Partnership, a registered charitable organization. TCAT’s online presence is growing so be sure to check out our new Twitter feed and Facebook page.

2011 Complete Streets Forum

The fourth annual conference was another educational and inspiring forum for people applying a holistic approach to transportation planning to create safe streets and efficient movement for all road users of all modes, ages and abilities. The videos, presentations, and summary report have all been made freely available on-line. What better way to spend an afternoon during the holidays!

Complete Streets by Design

TCAT and the Clean Air Partnership were awarded a Vital Ideas Grant from the Toronto Community Foundation. The Complete Streets by Design project is underway, with feedback to preliminary designs currently under review.

Complete Streets Policy and Design Hub

TCAT’s proposal to develop an Ontario Complete Streets Policy and Design Hub was granted funding by the Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. The project will build capacity and expertise to advance complete streets policies in Ontario, which support all forms of transportation, including bicycles, public transit, and walking, for Ontarians of all ages and abilities.

New People

New Steering Committee Members 

Earlier in the year, TCAT added a range of expertise, talent and experience to guide our work. New members are James Chan, Keagan Gartz, Chris Hardwicke, David McElroy, Thomas Smahel, Jonathan Yazer, and Darryl Young. Find out more the new and continuing members here.

TCAT Welcomes Ryan Whitney 

The Complete Sreets Policy & Design Hub project is underway with Ryan as the Complete Streets Research and Project Manager. He is in the process of conducting a comprehensive gap analysis regarding complete streets policies across Ontario.

TCAT Welcomes Caroline Schutrumpf

Planning for TCAT’s fifth annual Complete Streets Forum in 2012 has begun, thanks to Caroline, TCAT’s new Communications + Events Coordinator.

New Resources

TCAT Creates Complete Streets Walk 

City of Toronto Self-Guided Walking Tour Database included a self-guided walk developed by TCAT’s Neluka Leanage and Nancy Smith Lea. The walk highlights bicycle and pedestrian innovation in Toronto’s downtown core. All of the selected streets make efforts to balance safety and convenience for everyone using the road.

TCAT Issues Backgrounder 

The purpose of the Bikeway Options Backgrounder is to provide the general public with access to some of the most recent research on bikeways in an easy-to-read short two-page PDF format.

Awards + Lectures

Paul Hess Receives TCAT Award 

Nancy Smith Lea was pleased to present TCAT’s third annual Active Transportation Champion award to Professor Paul Hess at City of Toronto’s Bicycle Friendly Business awards. This award is for an individual or organization that has worked to raise the profile of cycling or walking and its relationship to a high quality of urban life.


TCAT was invited to present at several public events throughout the year, including: Cities, Mixes and Fixes Interdisciplinary Workshop at Cities Centre, CAA “Changing Lanes” Conference“, Oshawa Bike Night, Walk21, Evergreen’s MOVE Transportation Charrette and a Cancer Care Ontario webinar.

Deputations and Public Comment 

TCAT provided comment on HTA Amendments to support active transportation, on the demise of Toronto’s Cycling and Pedestrian Advisory Committees, Bikeway Network changes, Core Services Review, and the Coroner’s Review of Cycling and Pedestrian deaths.


Posted On: December 20, 2011