The City of Toronto has launched a website and public consultation program to discuss the importance of a comprehensive transportation system to the future of Toronto. The website invites users to learn about the quality of life and economic concerns posed by worsening congestion, and asks for public input that will inform the City's Official Plan review and new Transportation Plan. Until March 15, participants have the opportunity to provide their input interactively online, with a chance to win a variety of prizes.
On Jan 29, 2013 TCAT made a submission to MTO in response to its draft Cycling Strategy. We begin our comments by describing two key issues that are not currently addressed in the draft strategy – 1) the need for targets to measure success, and 2) the need for a province-wide Complete Streets policy. We then provide specific feedback to the Cycling Strategy document released Nov 30, 2012. Read our full submission here.
Mark your calendar! TCAT and Share the Road Cycling Coalition (STR) are pleased to announce that their 2013 annual conferences will once again be a joint event. TCAT’s 2013 Complete Streets Forum (May 27, 2013) and STR’s Ontario Bike Summit (May 28-29, 2013) will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto.
TCAT is seeking a highly motivated Communications Intern to assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive and strategic marketing plan. The Communications Intern will work with the TCAT Director and members of the Engage and Inspire Committee to optimize social media accounts, develop strong relations with key media contacts, assist in the overall brand development of the organization, and provide outreach and promotional support for TCAT's sixth annual Complete Streets Forum.
Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT Director, recently signed the petition "Save Cyclists' and Pedestrians' Lives!" and encourages others to do the same. The goal to reach 1,000 signatures has almost been reached. You can read more and sign the petition here:
A project team at Queen's University's School of Urban and Regional Planning discusses the role of Complete Streets in making Kingston's roads more accessible and connected. The report allows users to prioritize Complete Streets improvements based on street context, provides samples of accessible, complete, and sustainable street deign ("Great streets"), and lists examples of Complete Streets from across Canada and the United States.
As an environmental assessment for protected bike lanes on Richmond and Adelaide Streets gets underway this month (Toronto Star article), Cycle Toronto has launched a campaign to promote completion of these routes. Cycle T.O.
Two new resources, produced by TCAT volunteers Sam Schachar and Erin Toop, are now available on the Complete Streets for Canada website. These examples were developed to show what Complete Streets could look like in different community contexts in different parts of Canada.
In September, TCAT's staff and volunteer steering committee took part in a day-long strategic planning and capacity-building exercise, facilitated by Charlotte Young, to help the organization focus on the priorities that will make the most impact in the coming years.