TCAT and Dr. Paul Hess at the University of Toronto are currently working together on a research project that seeks to understand implementation barriers to building communities that encourage walking and cycling in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) in accordance with provincial and local policy. Initial research suggests that implementation has yet to catch up with higher-level policies and plans.
The literature review phase of this work is now wrapping up. Municipal Class Environmental Assessments, traffic impact studies, design guidelines, the design review process, engineers’ and planners’ design perspectives – these are some of the factors being studied.
In June we issued a call-out for interesting examples of recent street projects where active transportation infrastructure was successfully included, or attempted but in the end the final design didn’t include it. Thanks to the impressive on-the-ground knowledge from the active transportation community across the GTHA, we received a wealth of fantastic examples and have now selected four to write up as case studies: two successful examples, and two that were not. The development of those case studies is now underway.
In the fall we will be holding roundtables with experts who can further inform our understanding of the barriers to implementation. A final report will be released in March 2014. Our goal is to recommend potential tools and strategies that could be used to overcome identified barriers.