Early Bird Registration Now Open for the 2014 Complete Streets Forum!

Complete Streets Forum May 27, 2013



Early Bird Registration Now Open for the 2014 Complete Streets Forum!The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), a project of Clean Air Partnership, is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our seventh annual Complete Streets Forum, taking place on October 6th, 2014 at Daniels Spectrum in downtown Toronto.

The Complete Streets Forum is an influential event that brings together hundreds of professionals, decision-makers and community members from the Toronto region and beyond. Each year, exit surveys show a high satisfaction rate and interest in attending future events. The Forum provides a unique opportunity to share research, best practices, and creative solutions for designing and implementing Complete Streets – streets that are safe, accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

It’s an exciting time for Complete Streets in Canada with more municipalities each year adopting Complete Streets policies, developing guidelines and incorporating a new approach to transportation that embraces a more holistic approach to how we build our cities. Yet we know much more needs to be done to continue to build momentum for the positive direction we’re on. In light of this, our overall conference theme is “Building Momentum for Complete Streets.”

We are pleased to share with you some highlights of the upcoming program:

Keynote Speakers

  1. John Pucher, Professor at Rutgers University, is the foremost North American writer on comparative government cycling policy. He was an early leader amongst North American academics to study cycling mode share and safety in Canada as compared to other countries. It has been 10 years since Dr. Pucher presented his work in Toronto and we are thrilled that he has accepted our invitation to speak at this year’s Forum. John Pucher is a unique mix of an entertaining and passionate advocate and a well-respected, prolific researcher. His talk will explore trends over time in Canada, the United States and Europe, differences between countries, best practice in bicycling facilities, integration with public transit, comprehensive slow speed zones in residential areas, and the importance of designing cities for women, children and seniors. To learn more about Professor Pucher and read his most recent articles click here.
  2. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto. Under his influential leadership, Toronto Public Health (TPH) regularly produces exceptional reports including “The Walkable City: Neighbourhood Design and Preferences, Travel Choices and Health”, and “Road to Health: Improving Walking and Cycling in Toronto.” Dr.  McKeown will present about two new TPH reports: “Active City: Designing for Health” and the upcoming “Building Evidence to Support Healthier Street Design in Toronto”.
  3. Jeannette Montufar is an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Montufar specializes in incorporating the needs of older pedestrians and people with physical disabilities into road engineering in Canada. Dr. Montufar has been described as revolutionizing the field of transportation engineering by explicitly incorporating the needs of older pedestrians and people with physical disabilities into street design. Her recent work on the development of the award-winning National Guide for Pedestrian Crossing Control is expected to increase the safety of pedestrians and the mobility of aging Canadians. Dr. Monturfar’s talk will focus on the paradigm shift taking place in Canadian street design and the necessity for understanding the needs and characteristics of all road users.
Keynote speakers: Dr. John Pucher, Dr. David McKeown, Dr. Jeannette Montufar
Break-out Sessions
We also had an incredible response to our call for proposals centering on four themes for our break-out sessions: 1) Why Complete Streets, 2) Making the Case for Complete Streets, 3) Complete Streets How-To, and 4) New Approaches to Community Engagement. Presenters working at the forefront of their fields in southern Ontario, as well as much further afield, will travel to the Forum from Montreal, Vancouver, Halifax, Thunder Bay, New York City, Los Angeles, the UK, and many points in between!In total we will offer 26 fabulous parallel sessions including 16 panels, 1 pecha kucha, 4 hands-on workshops, 3 walking tours, and 2 bike tours. It’s a not-to-be missed jam-packed program of inspiring and useful content.

Complete Streets Game Hands-on Workshop, Complete Streets Forum 2013  Photo Credit: Chris HardwickeComplete Streets Game  – Photo Credit: Chris Hardwicke Yorkville Pedestrian Improvements Walking Tour, Complete Streets Forum 2013 - Photo Credit: Yvonne BambrickWalking Tour – Photo Credit: Yvonne Bambrick

But not to worry! We listened to feedback from last year’s forum and have built in enough time for networking as well.

Evening Reception, Complete Streets Forum 2013 – Photo Credit: Marlena Rogowska

Pre-Conference Program
To accommodate as many of the exceptional sessions as we could, we expanded the program activities into two days. On Sunday Oct 5th, we are offering a pre-conference program with a focus on mobile and hands-on workshops in the afternoon and an evening film screening and presentation. While all of the mobile and hands-on workshops (on both Oct 5th and 6th) are free to registrants, they are space-limited so are available only on a first-come first-served basis.

We hope you agree this is an exciting program, our best yet! We look forward to seeing all of you on October 6th in Toronto.

Register for the Complete Streets Forum today!
Early bird pricing is available until September 12th.


Key Upcoming Dates

Sep 12 Early bird registration rates end
Sep 15 TCAT’s group hotel rate at Courtyard Toronto Downtown expires
Oct 5 Pre-conference program activities at various locations in Toronto
Oct 6 Complete Streets Forum at Daniels Spectrum

The Complete Streets Forum is made possible with the generous support of our sponsors.



Posted On: August 7, 2014