On May 27, 2013 TCAT held its sixth annual Complete Streets Forum in Toronto, featuring 38 expert speakers, 13 moderators, 3 hands-on workshop leaders, 8 walking and cycling tour leaders, and 228 participants from across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area and beyond. It was a jam-packed day of big ideas, provocative sessions, engaging workshops, and informative mobile tours all to share research, best practices, and creative solutions for designing and implementing Complete Streets.
The Forum, and the issues raised, caught the attention of the media throughout the Toronto region. An op-ed written by TCAT Director Nancy Smith Lea and Eleanor McMahon, founder and CEO of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, titled “Big Moment for Walking and Cycling” was published in the Toronto Star on May 26. View all of the media coverage, and the beautiful photos taken throughout the day by our talented team of volunteer photographers, here.
One highlight of the day was Green Communities Canada’s launch of WALK Friendly Ontario, a designation program that recognizes municipal excellence in walkability. By awarding Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum designations to towns and cities from across Ontario, WALK Friendly Ontario will stimulate action to make communities safer and more enjoyable places to walk. The first round of applications will be accepted between July 1st and August 31st. The Application Guide to help communities prepare is available at www.walkfriendly.ca.
At TCAT we do our best to extend the benefits of the day to those who were not able to attend. Most of the speakers’ powerpoint presentations are now available on TCAT’s website. Stay tuned over the next couple of months as the videos of the presentations and a summary report will be posted as well.
Thank you to our generous sponsors, inspired presenters, talented organizing team and volunteers, and all of our engaged delegates for working with us to complete the streets!