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Cycling in Scarborough

Re-Imagining Landscapes Built for Cars

Posted on October 16, 2017

  In our dreams of urban sustainability, we often picture beautiful, compact, human scaled, older neighbourhoods filled with people and activity. But many of our urban streets are machine scaled– newer, wider and filled with tall buildings and fast moving cars. We don’t yet have an image in our mind that transforms these kinds of… Read more »

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Business is Up on Bloor After Bike Lane, New Study Finds

Posted on October 11, 2017

  Bloor Street, in the vicinity of the bike lane pilot project, is economically healthy and experiencing growth, finds a new report released today by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT). The study looked at four economic indicators – customer counts, visit frequency, spending, and vacancy rates in the Bloor Annex and Korea Town… Read more »

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Walking: A Universal, but not Equal Experience

Posted on October 4, 2017

  Your income and your ethnicity shouldn’t determine your chances of survival when you cross the street. That’s the message that Charles Brown, senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and professor at Rutgers University, delivered at Walk21, an international gathering of citizens, professionals, academics, and leaders that took place in Calgary… Read more »

Members of the Coalition for Vulnerable Road User Laws, with MPP Cheri DiNovo

New, Comprehensive Legislation for Vulnerable Road Users Announced

Posted on September 27, 2017

  Today, the MPP for Parkdale-High Park, Cheri DiNovo, announced a new private member’s bill that would add substantially to the consequences faced by people who kill vulnerable road users while driving. TCAT’s Director, Nancy Smith Lea, was present at the announcement as part of the Coalition for Vulnerable Road User Laws. The new legislation… Read more »

Economic Impact Study of Bloor Bike Lanes Headed to Committee

Posted on September 21, 2017

Photo Credit: Yvonne Verlinden In October, TCAT’s study on the economic impact of the pilot bike lanes on Bloor Street will be part of the evaluation considered by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee when it makes a recommendation regarding the future of the bike lanes. This long-awaited report has been led by TCAT with… Read more »

Newcomer Youth Hone New Skills at Scarborough Cycles

Posted on September 21, 2017

Photo Credit: Marvin Macaraig This past month, another five youth (four boys and one girl) graduated from Scarborough Cycles’ Earn Your Bike program. Over eight weeks, these young people, all newcomers to Canada, worked with Hub Coordinator Marvin Macaraig to repair used bicycles that have been donated. They learned how to fix flats, replace brake… Read more »

Talking About Cycling in Thorncliffe & Flemingdon Park

Posted on September 21, 2017

Photo Credit: Anthony Price On September 15th, TCAT, together with the City of Toronto, participated in the Thorncliffe Night Market, more commonly referred to as Thorncliffe’s Friday Night Bazaar, which took place at R.V. Burgess Park. This evening of fun was part of a series of outreach events within the communities of Thorncliffe and Flemingdon… Read more »

TCAT Welcomes Two New Team Members

Posted on September 21, 2017

TCAT is happy to welcome two new members to its team this fall.  Tessa Nasca is joining TCAT as the Community Coordinator for TCAT’s Active Neighbourhoods project, and Yvonne Verlinden is starting as Project Coordinator with our Scarborough Cycles project.    Tessa will build on the successes of TCAT’s Active Neighbourhoods pilot program, which ran… Read more »

Western Canadian Municipalities Continue to Incorporate Complete Streets into Official Plans

Posted on September 21, 2017

Image from Town of Canmore Recent updates for Western Canada and the Prairies to TCAT’s Complete Streets for Canada website added 9 municipalities to the map (6 in British Columbia, 2 in Alberta, 1 in Saskatchewan), as well as updates to 7 existing cities. All major cities in Western Canada and the Prairies now possess… Read more »

A Good Start, But Still More to Do For Vulnerable Road Users

Posted on September 21, 2017

Photo Credit: Friends & Families for Safe Streets An announcement yesterday by Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca is a step in the right direction to improve road safety, but more protection is needed for vulnerable road users.  The Minister announced new legislation which introduces harsher penalties for distracted driving and failure to yield for pedestrians,… Read more »