TCAT Releases a Complete Streets Evaluation Tool for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Over the past seven months, with funding from the Places to Grow Implementation Fund, TCAT, together with Dr. Raktim Mitra at Ryerson University and Dr. Paul Hess at the University of Toronto have worked together on a research project to develop tools aimed at improving the capacity of municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) to plan and evaluate Complete Streets projects.

As part of this research, the Complete Streets Evaluation Tool was developed based on a review of Complete Streets documents from 26 municipalities across North America, and informed by a focus group comprised of local experts. The Tool lists 21 key performance indicators to assess the effectiveness of Complete Streets projects, organized into four broad goals that Complete Streets aim to achieve:

  1. increased active and sustainable transportation
  2. increased safety
  3. improved level of service
  4. improvements to the surrounding neighbourhood environment

The report also provides information on the state of the practice, challenges and opportunities related to the evaluation of Complete Streets projects and initiatives. Integrating project evaluation into Complete Streets planning and implementation practices is vital for supporting wider adoption of Complete Streets into communities across Ontario. The evaluation of projects is especially important in the context of the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) Performance Monitoring Framework, which emphasizes the need for indicators to evaluate public policy and impacts of initiatives.

The first part of this research was a Complete Streets Catalogue that was released in December 2014. An updated version of this Catalogue was also released today. The Catalogue includes examples of Complete Streets projects across the GGH. It provides an easy-to-navigate summary of what is being built on the ground, so that municipalities seeking to implement their own projects can refer to existing examples and tailor approaches to their own needs.

Access the Complete Streets Evaluation Tool here.

Posted On: March 19, 2015