On July 9, 2013 TCAT made a submission to the Toronto Board of Health (TPH) in support of their report titled “Active Transportation Demonstration Projects“. TCAT is currently leading the community engagement on two of the four sites (Black Creek and the Annex) identified in the report. This work is funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer through its “Healthy Canada by Design” Coalition Linking Action and Science for Prevention program. This is a national initiative with a diversity of partners working on breaking down barriers to help facilitate active transportation uptake in cities across the country.
The project presents an opportunity to help engage citizens in the planning process for active transportation above and beyond regular requirements. This will result in a more meaningful process to engage Torontonians and will help TPH collect local knowledge to inform the active transportation planning process.
In a related recent announcement, a joint position statement from TPH and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario highlights the need for investment in a healthy transportation plan: “…health leaders are encouraging our governments to take immediate action on our prescription for a healthy transportation system in the GTHA”. The full statement can be found here.