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Le Devoir: Des rues où chaque usager trouve sa place

Posted on May 22, 2018

Les plus vulnérables devraient toujours être à la base de nos réflexions en matière d’aménagement, lance d’emblée la directrice du Toronto Center for Active Transportation (TCAT), Nancy Smith Lea. Il en va de leur sécurité, certes, mais aussi de leur rapport à la rue, de leur rapport à la ville. » Pour y arriver, elle et son équipe… Read more »

Yonge St in North York

Reclaiming Our Streets

Posted on May 17, 2018

Last month’s brutal attack on Yonge Street has joined Toronto to Paris, London, Barcelona, and Nice. In all of these cities, people purposefully drove vans into unprotected crowds with horrific results. Now, metal bollards line the roadways and bridges in central London. In Marseille, cars are hemmed in with a series of posts, separating them… Read more »

Scarborough Cycles tent

Scarborough Cycles Gears Up for a Green Season

Posted on May 17, 2018

Scarborough Cycles is getting ready for another great season, thanks to a Partners in Climate Action Grant from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. Scarborough Cycles (Access Alliance) is one of ten organizations selected to help motivate Ontario residents to adopt low-carbon behaviours and technology. The competitive grant program is designed to identify and… Read more »

A speed bump in Toronto

Speeding Up Getting a Speed Bump

Posted on May 17, 2018

City of Toronto transportation staff have proposed a plan to streamline the process of installing speed bumps or other traffic-calming measures. On May 8th, a staff report went before the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) that, if approved, would do away with a lengthy list of requirements and approvals, specifically in Community Safety Zones… Read more »

City of Brantford completes a street

Happy Anniversary Complete Streets!

Posted on May 17, 2018

This month last year, the Ontario government released its new Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Included in it was a directive that all municipalities adopt Complete Streets policies. The Growth Plan covers the entire Golden Horseshoe region, from Peterborough to Niagara to Kitchener-Waterloo, with over 9 million residents. It is designed to guide… Read more »

Active Transportation Planning instructor Mikey Bennington

Connecting Professionals through ‘Active’ Pedagogy

Posted on May 17, 2018

TCAT’s first-ever ‘Planning Active Transportation’ course wrapped up on May 3rd, with the students presenting neighbourhood portraits to a panel of experts. The course was a resounding success in meeting an important professional need. Even before it began, five extra spots needed to be added due to the high demand. Students came from a wide… Read more »

The Future of Toronto’s Parks

Posted on April 27, 2018

Imagine a city where 100% of the population is within a 10-minute walk of a park. It exists in San Francisco, why not Toronto?   Up to now, each of the six former municipalities has had its own process and procedure to handle and develop parks. The City is currently developing a unified Parkland Strategy… Read more »

Complete Streets Game

Complete Streets Game 2.0 is Here!

Posted on April 19, 2018

TCAT is very excited to announce that the Complete Streets Game 2.0 is now available for purchase! This fun, interactive activity is a great conversation tool for consultations and workshops. It encourages collaborative problem-solving around an age-old issue: streets have limited space. What trade-offs will you make? Games are available from our website.

TCAT Director Recognized for Making Change

Posted on April 19, 2018

TCAT’s Director, Nancy Smith Lea, has been recognized twice this month for her work advancing walking and cycling in Toronto. Local Love, a new online magazine from United Way, named Nancy as one of the city’s 8 Top Changemakers. At the Ontario Bike Summit this week, on behalf of TCAT, Nancy received a Wheels of… Read more »

Autonomous Vehicles and Pedestrians

Can you see me? AVs and Pedestrian Safety

Posted on April 19, 2018

On March 18, one month ago, an Uber autonomous vehicle, struck and killed Elaine Herzberg while she was crossing the street. The vehicle did not brake, slow down, honk, swerve or otherwise maneuver to avoid her. It struck her at a full 60km/hr, presumably without ever “seeing” her. The safety driver did not intervene. Questions… Read more »