Photo Credit: Marlena Rogowska
On October 1st, close to 250 planners, engineers, and researchers from across North America and beyond attended TCAT’s 8th annual Complete Streets Forum at the University of Toronto’s historic Hart House in downtown Toronto.
Leading up to, and following the conference day, delegates also participated in pre-conference and post-conference events, including a Queens Quay walking tour, a Scarborough cycling tour, and an Open Streets workshop. The pre-conference activities wrapped up with a casual get-together at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, featuring live music by Evalyn Parry and a lively public lecture by one of our keynotes, Veronica O. Davis, followed by a fantastic conversation facilitated by Malvern community leader Alex Dow. A post-conference master class workshop to design safe intersections for all road users was an inspiring and practical finale.
Over the three days, delegates engaged in an open knowledge exchange that built on previous Complete Streets Forum themes. This year’s Forum featured 4 engaging keynote speakers, as well as 44 break-out session speakers and 16 moderators all of whom addressed this year’s themes: Plan it; Build it; and Ensure that “They Will Come.”
Some highlights included:
TCAT is committed to providing rich online resources to bolster our collective work to advance active transportation. All of the Complete Streets Forum 2015 presentations can be found online here. Over the coming months we will upload videos and produce a summary report.
Fantastic photos taken by Marlena Rogowska can be found here. There was also some interesting media coverage: in Star Touch featuring a road trip with two of our keynote speakers and in NRU titled “Avoiding Stroads”.
Similar to previous years, the 2015 Forum was very well received, with 92% of delegates who completed the exit survey satisfied or extremely satisfied with the event and 87% left feeling inspired. TCAT would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support, particularly our platinum sponsors the Metcalf Foundation and Toronto Public Health. Also, thank you to our speakers for providing excellent content for this year’s programming. Finally, thank you to our staff, our 21 volunteers and our Advisory Committee and to all of our participants for helping to make this the most engaging Complete Streets Forum to date.