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Toronto Star: ‘Political will’ needed to solve city’s bike lane disparity, advocates say

Posted on September 19, 2018

The city’s 10-year cycling network plan, approved by council in 2016, proposes an expanded network of 525 kilometres of cycling infrastructure. But Liz Sutherland, director of advocacy and government relations at Cycle Toronto, says what’s been built to date reveals an “equity issue.” Her organization partnered with The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation for a report… Read more »

NOW: Scarborough is shifting attitudes on cycling

Posted on August 23, 2018

“Cycling has become so popular in Toronto that to ride is to conform – well, downtown, anyway. In the burbs, there’s still work to do. “Building bike culture in any neighbourhood takes time,” says Marvin Macaraig, a community health worker who also serves as coordinator for Scarborough Cycles bike hub.” Read full article: “Scarborough is shifting attitudes… Read more »

NOW: And now for something completely different, a positive cycling story

Posted on August 21, 2018

It may seem like an odd time to be writing a positive story about cycling. BBC News recently called out Toronto for being the worst city in the world to ride a bike. Earlier this summer, a surge of pedestrian and cyclist deaths led Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto’s former chief planner and now mayoral candidate, to… Read more »

Behavioral Scientist: Slowing Down To Design a Better Sign

Posted on August 21, 2018

“Of the many ways that cities try to get drivers to reduce their speed, traditional iterations of the “Slow Down” sign like the ones above may be the most useless, and borderline harmful. These signs often display a disregard for basic wayfinding and legibility, and rely on overly complicated messaging. … There’s also dissonance in… Read more »

Poster for Toronto's Streets at a Crossroads

Toronto Streets at a Crossroads (Sep 5)

Posted on August 16, 2018

Toronto is facing a road safety crisis, with nearly 100 pedestrians and cyclists killed on its streets in the past two years. While the City of Toronto adopted its Vision Zero Road Safety Plan in 2017, enhancements to infrastructure, enforcement, and education have been slow. Without meaningful action on road safety, challenges will only worsen… Read more »

Boy and his father playing on a vibrant street

Priority Highlight: Why Open Streets?

Posted on August 16, 2018

Only two out of every ten adults in Canada adults get enough exercise (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2016). The rest of us, seated at desks all day, behind the wheel of our cars every evening, and in front of Netflix at home, face serious health consequences because of our sedentary lives. Physical inactivity can… Read more »

Three cyclists wait at a light in a green, painted bike box with a car beside them

How Far Can Kindness Take Us?

Posted on August 16, 2018

Can we have safer streets by just being nicer to one another? RSA, a Canadian insurance company, launched their TruceTO campaign in June, which calls for Torontonians to make their streets a little more harmonious by adding a greater dose of empathy. TCAT’s Nancy Smith Lea and Councillor Kristyn Wong Tam were invited to give… Read more »

Design is a Two-Way Street

Posted on August 16, 2018

At the Jackson Park-Brookdale Vision + Design workshop, hosted in partnership between TCAT and GreenUP last month, we witnessed collaborative learning in action. The event convened residents and professionals to work together on design solutions for the neighbourhood. It also provided a platform for learning—in fact, 91% of professionals who responded to our post-event survey… Read more »

A man and a woman play the Complete Streets Game at the Scarborough Cycling Summit

Complete Streets Game: Get one while you still can!

Posted on August 16, 2018

We’re down to the last 25 sets of TCAT’s new Complete Streets Game—grab a copy while they last! Just a couple short months ago, we proudly launched our first production run of the Complete Streets Game 2.0. Since then, we have sold hundreds of copies of the game to community leaders, municipalities, consultants, and Complete… Read more »

Toronto Star: Toronto should redefine its relationship with trucks

Posted on August 13, 2018

As director of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, Nancy Smith Lea, points out, “One thing that would be really helpful in preventing people getting pulled under trucks and killed is side guards. But when regional and provincial coroners recommended trucks incorporate side guards a few years ago, Transport Canada rejected the idea because …… Read more »