Complete Streets Forum 2015: Pre-Conference Mobile Tours and Workshop

Here is a list of pre-conference tours and workshop on September 30, 2015. These pre-conference tours and workshop are free for Complete Streets Forum registrants on a first-come first-served basis. Register here.

Please note some aspects of this pre-conference program are still under development and may be subject to change.

Bike Tour: C
ycling in Scarborough: Suburban Challenges and Opportunities  

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00pm
Location: Cyclists will meet outside of the main street-level entrance to Warden Subway Station (Bloor-Danforth Line) at 10:45am.
Registration Limit: 20
Tour Leader: Marvin Macaraig, Scarborough Cycles Project Coordinator, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT)

Funded by the Metcalf Foundation Cycle City program, in 2015 TCAT launched an innovative project called Scarborough Cycles: building bike culture beyond downtown. To kick off this new venture, TCAT will lead a group ride featuring different types of shared roadways and multi-use pathways, such as the Gatineau Hydro Corridor Trail that provides cyclists with a beautiful 10 km off-road option through the centre of Scarborough. The ride will highlight some of the immediate challenges and potential opportunities facing planners and civil society organizations working to improve active transportation infrastructure in Toronto’s suburbs. The ride will include several short breaks and accommodate all fitness and skill levels. Total distance of the route is 20 km. Participants can bring their bicycles onto the subway during off-peak periods from 10:00am to 3:30pm. This ride will take approximately two hours and will end at Midland Station (Scarborough Line).


-On Workshop: What are Open Streets programs and how can you make one happen in your community?

Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Location: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 303 (near St. Andrew subway station on the Yonge-University line)
Registration Limit: 25
Workshop Leader:
Allysa Bird, 8 80 Cities

Many communities in Ontario are beginning to implement Open Streets programs as a means to achieve health, active transportation, and social benefits. Success has been seen in programs like Open Streets Thunder Bay and Open Streets Toronto. From these experiences and others, 8 80 Cities has developed an implementation Toolkit to aid new communities in developing their own Open Streets programs. In this workshop we will walk participants through the toolkit and online platform to help them get started in planning their own Open Streets programs. Visit the 8 80 Cities website for more information.


Walking Tour: A Walk through the Revitalized Queens Quay 

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm
Meet on the WaveDeck at Spadina and Queens Quay
stration Limit: 20
Tour Leader
: Chris Glaisek, VP, Planning & Design, Waterfront Toronto

Spanning more than three kilometres from Bathurst Street to Parliament, Queens Quay has undoubtedly been transformed into a Complete Street and is now considered one of the world’s most beautiful waterfront boulevards. After three years of construction, and over a decade’s worth of public consultation and work undertaken by Waterfront Toronto, June 19, 2015, marked the official opening of the revitalized Queens Quay. The new design is more than just cosmetic. It has re-balanced the entire street to create more room for pedestrians and cyclists, while keeping motor vehicle traffic moving at the same rate as before. The tour will stop at key locations to discuss how certain design elements help make this an efficient, safe public space.

Register here.


Posted On: August 10, 2015