TCAT and Dr. Paul Hess at the University of Toronto are currently working together on a research project that seeks to understand implementation barriers to building communities that encourage walking and cycling in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) in accordance with provincial and local policy. Initial research suggests that implementation has yet to catch up with higher-level policies and plans.
TCAT's online presence is an important part of our mission to advance knowledge and evidence to build support for safe and inclusive streets for walking and cycling. We're about to revamp our website, and want your feedback.
Several recent Complete Streets initiatives have taken place in Hamilton, Ontario. In June, for example, the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton held a discussion about the draft Complete Streets Policy for the city, to be considered by City Council in September.
Throughout the month of August, the Alliance for Walking and Cycling invites you to enter the “Biking and Walking Summer Celebration” photo contest. The contest seeks photos that capture the spirit of walking and cycling in summer. For details, submission instructions, and contest rules, visit the Alliance for Walking and Cycling website.
On June 26, 2013 the Public Health Agency of Canada announced an investment of close to $13 million dollars in nine pan-Canadian projects that will take action to reduce barriers to healthy weights by addressing underlying environmental, social, demographic and economic issues.
TCAT regularly makes submissions with various committees at Toronto City Hall when they consider matters related to active transportation. Several important issues have been on the agenda over the past month, and these new submissions are now available on the TCAT website:
On July 9, 2013 TCAT made a submission to the Toronto Board of Health (TPH) in support of their report titled "Active Transportation Demonstration Projects". TCAT is currently leading the community engagement on two of the four sites (Black Creek and the Annex) identified in the report.
On July 9, 2013 TCAT made a joint submission with Cycle Toronto to the Toronto Board of Health in response to their report titled "Improving Safety for Bicycle Commuters in Toronto." The leter fully endorses the seven recommendations from the Medical Officer of Health and provides four additional recommendations to further increase the safety of cyclists.
On June 18, 2013 TCAT made a submission to the Toronto Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in response to a proposal to resume the Environmental Assessment study for the installation of bike lanes on Bloor Street West. The letter includes a list of nine reasons to support the motion. Read our full submission here.
On May 27, 2013 TCAT held its sixth annual Complete Streets Forum in Toronto, featuring 38 expert speakers, 13 moderators, 3 hands-on workshop leaders, 8 walking and cycling tour leaders, and 228 participants from across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area and beyond. It was a jam-packed day of big ideas, provocative sessions, engaging workshops, and informative mobile tours all to share research, best practices, and creative solutions for designing and implementing Complete Streets.
TCAT, in collaboration with the University of Toronto is conducting a research project that considers how polices prioritizing active transportation infrastructure are being implemented in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
As a part of this study, new street design and redesign projects will be reviewed as case studies to gain a better understanding of the barriers and enablers of active transportation infrastructure in the design and implementation process.
TCAT is a core member of Move the GTHA, a collaboration between organizations that are passionate about raising public awareness and support for investment in transportation infrastructure in the GTHA.
On May 27, 2013, at the sixth annual Complete Streets Forum, TCAT released its latest backgrounder, Why Should We Invest in Active Transportation? With funding from the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, this backgrounder coincided with the May 27th announcement by Metrolinx for how to fund The Big Move regional transportation plan.
The 2013 Complete Streets Forum, our sixth annual active transportation conference, is fast approaching, and time to register is quickly running out! The conference will take place on May 27, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Toronto.