On December 4, 2015, practitioners from across the Greater Golden Horseshoe came together for a day-long workshop to review new active transportation strategies initiated during the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games. The workshop was organized by Clean Air Partnership Executive Director Gabriella Kalapos, in collaboration with TCAT Director Nancy Smith Lea. The group shared strategies and lessons learned and discussed how these efforts could build support for longer-term implementation of municipal and regional active transportation plans.
The day began with a presentation by Dr. Raktim Mitra from Ryerson University who shared preliminary results from a study he is undertaking in collaboration with TCAT examining cycling behaviour and potential in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Jessica Stronghill from Metrolinx then presented survey results assessing the enhanced TDM strategies used during the Games. We heard that MTO will be releasing its findings in early 2017 regarding the impact of the transportation strategies they used to keep the region moving.
Kicking off the afternoon session, TCAT Director Nancy Smith Lea presented the 2015 Active Transportation Plan Scan that was conducted for the Clean Air Council. During the summer of 2015, TCAT intern Gavin Liu performed a categorized scan of the adopted AT plans within all 27 CAC member municipalities, as well as eight additional selected Canadian municipalities (e.g. Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver), and regional (Metrolinx) and provincial (Ministry of Transportation) plans.
The plans were analyzed and information was captured with a focus on targets. The scan determined that this is an area for improvement for most Canadian AT plans. Of the 36 jurisdictions included in the scan, 26 have AT plans and the majority (78%) of these plans include at least one target type, typically AT infrastructure targets. However, only four jurisdictions included all four of the target types in their plans.