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How do you “Get on the GO”? Making Active Transportation to Transit Work

Posted on August 17, 2017

At a press conference last month announcing upgrades to more than 40 GO Transit stations across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said the province was on route to creating a “modern, integrated, and sustainable transportation network” where new secure bike parking “will make it easier than ever for cyclists… Read more »

Scarborough Cycles: Blazing ahead this summer

Posted on August 17, 2017

This past month has been a busy one at the Scarborough Cycles community bicycle hubs. The number of people at the DIY Bike Repair Drop-In keeps growing, making it clear that the hubs are filling a need in this community. We’ve also held community rides, hosted a bicycle maintenance workshop by Cycle Toronto and the first-ever… Read more »

Cycling Outreach at Flemingdon Park Summer Jam this Sunday

Posted on August 17, 2017

Image from the City of Toronto This Sunday August 20th, from 2-5 pm, TCAT’s community animators will be engaging local residents at Flemingdon Park for the 2017 Bike Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park Study. This outreach is happening during the Flemingdon Park Summer Jam, a community event that will bring residents together for a local… Read more »

TCAT’s Active Neighbourhoods projects planted seeds that continue to grow!

Posted on August 17, 2017

Between 2013 and 2017, TCAT worked with local partners in four communities across Ontario on grassroots, participatory planning projects that enabled neighbourhoods to re-envision their streets as safer, more active-transportation friendly spaces (see our Summary Report). These efforts were part of a broader project, Active Neighbourhoods Canada that tested these approaches in Quebec and Alberta as… Read more »

24 more Canadian municipalities commit to Complete Streets!

Posted on August 17, 2017

Since 2012, TCAT has been tracking the development of Complete Streets in Canada. We are encouraged to see the continual growth of these policies and guidelines being adopted across the country. Over the past month alone we have added 24 new municipalities to our Complete Streets for Canada map (19 in Ontario, 3 in Québec, 1 in New Brunswick,… Read more »

Metro: New study finds higher air pollution at school drop-off zones

Posted on August 10, 2017

Nancy Smith Lea, director of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, said the study is “more evidence that we need to be changing the way we design these drop-offs.” Smith Lea contributed to a guide last year to help parents navigate the city’s system to get improvements made to streets near their schools. It’s been downloaded more than 500… Read more »

Metro: Why cyclists hate sharrows

Posted on August 10, 2017

“If there’s no political will, that’s when they’re considered,” said Nancy Smith Lea, director of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation. “That’s not a recommended course of action, but that’s what has been happening.” Smith Lea said sharrows can be useful in areas with very little car traffic and low speeds — but that means… Read more »

Dandyhorse: Spotted: Raccoon Riding a Bike

Posted on August 9, 2017

“The community response to the mural has been overwhelmingly positive, and we think it makes a great background for our activities at the hub, especially since there is nothing in the community that look like it. We think the mural definitely helps with our efforts to build bike culture in Scarborough, through identification and placemaking,… Read more »

We’re Hiring! Community Coordinator Position with Active Neighbourhoods Canada

Posted on July 20, 2017

TCAT is hiring a Community Coordinator to manage the implementation of a multi-year participatory project to improve active transportation in communities across Ontario. Active Neighbourhoods Canada (ANC) is a pan-Canadian initiative funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and led by the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre in partnership with TCAT and Sustainable Calgary Society. ANC was formed… Read more »

Engaging the Flemingdon & Thorncliffe Community about Cycling

Posted on July 20, 2017

TCAT was recently awarded a small contract by the City of Toronto to enhance resident engagement, capacity development, and outreach for the 2017 Bike Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park Study. In partnership with the Flemingdon Health Centre, TCAT is tasked with hiring, training and coordinating a team of local Community Animators who will engage local residents… Read more »