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Register for a Cross-Border Conversation about Complete Streets

Posted on December 14, 2017

  On Jan 23, 2018, the American National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC) will host a webinar exploring the international nature of the Complete Streets movement, with three panelists discussing the uptake of the Complete Streets approach in Canada. TCAT’s Director, Nancy Smith Lea, will provide an overview of the different policy and planning frameworks in… Read more »

Example of Participatory Planning using a table-top model

Get Learning: PD Opportunity with TCAT’s Participatory Planning Team

Posted on December 14, 2017

Are you a built environment professional or student interested in community engagement and participatory techniques? Are you looking to make your practice more equitable and responsive? Drawing on over four years of research and pilot projects across Ontario, TCAT’s Car Martin and Mikey Bennington will be teaching a seven-week course on Planning Active Transportation through… Read more »

Example of Complete Streets Game

We Need Your Input: Complete Streets Game 2.0!

Posted on December 14, 2017

  If you’ve ever used the Complete Streets Game, please take a moment to fill out this short (5-10 minute) survey, and share with us what you love about the game, and what can be improved. In 2013, TCAT Steering Committee member Chris Hardwicke developed the Complete Streets Game.  Ever since, it has been used… Read more »

Map of new cycling investments in Ontario

A Province-Wide Bike Lane Blitz

Posted on December 14, 2017

  On December 4th, the Ontario government announced that all 120 municipalities who applied for the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program will be receiving funding for bike lanes, for a total of $93 million in 2018. At TCAT, we were curious to see where these 120 municipalities are located, so we mapped them. The results?… Read more »

Mikey Bennington on a bike

Best of Luck to TCAT’s Mikey Bennington

Posted on December 14, 2017

  TCAT’s Policy and Evaluation Lead, Mikey Bennington, will be moving on to a position with Toronto Public Health in January. Over the past four years, Mikey has been an instrumental part of the Active Neighbourhoods Canada team, coordinating community-based efforts to re-imagine streets and public spaces in neighbourhoods in Sudbury, Peterborough, Haliburton, and Toronto, and winning… Read more »

New report: Building Active Communities Together

Posted on December 12, 2017

On November 29, 2017, TCAT and our Active Neighbourhoods Canada (ANC) partners, the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre (MUEC) and the Sustainable Calgary Society, released a new report entitled Building Active Communities Together. This report articulates the participatory planning approach developed by MUEC during their Green Active and Healthy Neighbourhoods program, and refined by the Active Neighbourhoods partners during… Read more »

Public Health Officer of Canada: Build active communities to improve health

Posted on December 4, 2017

  The design of our communities has significant impact on our health and well-being. This is a concept that has increasingly become central to our work at TCAT, and we are thrilled to see the link between design and healthy living becoming more central to the public health conversation across Canada as a whole. Recently,… Read more »

St. Albert Gazette: Completing our streets

Posted on November 29, 2017

An incomplete street is more or less what you find in most cities today, said Nancy Smith Lea, director of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation. “The sidewalks might be narrow, there’s probably no bike lane, there’s probably no transit shelters,” and it just feels unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians. The complete street movement is… Read more »

Walking While Watching Out

Posted on November 16, 2017

Image Credit: Yvonne Verlinden Recent debates about distracted walking prompted TCAT’s Yvonne Verlinden to create “The Difference Between Walking and Driving” infographic. In comparing the characteristics of people walking or driving, its clear why it makes no sense need to equate walking with driving on the spectrum of responsibility. Children can walk, but they cannot drive. Why? Because… Read more »

Cycling in the Snow: How many do it and what does it actually look like?

Posted on November 16, 2017

Photo Credit: Anthony Galloro In the recent debate surrounding the (now permanent) bike lanes on Bloor Street, questions around winter cycling figured almost as prominently as those around economic impact. In approving the bike lane, City Council also directed staff to conduct counts of people biking along the street throughout the winter. We already have… Read more »