Funded by the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative, TCAT worked with Toronto Public Health in 2013 to share knowledge about the health benefits of walking and cycling, discover feasible design options to improve cycling and walking, and gather information on community need and preference in two Toronto neighbourhoods: the Annex and Black Creek.
In November, TCAT hosted three Walk Cycle Move public engagement sessions in both neighbourhoods, providing an opportunity for people who live, work, or travel in the area to participate in a discussion about improvements to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.
Participants at the workshops had the opportunity to evaluate existing proposals specific to each community and brainstorm other opportunities. For example, in Black Creek, participants considered proposals such as improving pedestrian and cyclist access to Black Creek Community Farm, Pioneer Village, and York University through new signaling and access points. In the Annex, participants considered new bike lanes on Bloor, lower speed limits, and expanded sidewalk space.
Dandyhorse Magazine was present at the Annex session, and has published a summary of this session online. Stay tuned in 2014 as we move forward with Toronto Public Health to identify opportunities for the City to implement safety improvements for active transportation in these neighbourhoods.