In 2013, with funding from the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative, TCAT worked with Toronto Public Health to share knowledge about the health benefits of walking and cycling, discover feasible design options to improve cycling and walking, and gather information on community need and preference in two Toronto neighbourhoods: the Annex and Black Creek.
University of Windsor Law Professor Christopher Waters recently published an article in the Canadian Bar Review, "The Rebirth of Bicycling Law?" Professor Waters, after tracing the legal history of cycling in Canada dating back to confederation in 1867, makes an argument for reviving the "law of cycling." The bicycle played an important role in Canada's early development from the contribution to the good roads movement, "to new manufacturing methods, to increased mobility for women".
Mark your calendars. Here are some upcoming events relating to active transportation:
Feeling Congested: "Abundant Access: Public Transit as an Instrument of Freedom" (January 23)
The City of Toronto and Metrolinx present a keynote by transit planner Jarrett Walker, and a discussion with Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat.
The 2013 Toronto Bike Awards were held on November 26, at the Gladstone Hotel. This year, TCAT was pleased to present its fifth annual Active Transportation Champion Award to Dr. Monica Campbell, Director of Healthy Public Policy at Toronto Public Health.
Funded by the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative, TCAT worked with Toronto Public Health in 2013 to share knowledge about the health benefits of walking and cycling, discover feasible design options to improve cycling and walking, and gather information on community need and preference in two Toronto neighbourhoods: the Annex and Black Creek.
For the first time in seven years, TCAT will be holding its annual Forum in the fall, not the spring. The provisional date for the 7th annual Complete Streets Forum is Monday October 6, 2014. Please save the date. We'd love to have you join us!
Since 2006, TCAT has played a leadership role to coordinate and focus community and government interest, support and action for active transportation and Complete Streets, and we are finally seeing results.
Ryan Anders Whitney, TCAT's Complete Streets Researcher and CLASP Facilitator, presented at the Symposium on Healthier Cities and Communities held by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto on October 24, 2013. The presentation explored TCAT's community engagement work under the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative where we are working with Toronto Public Health to improve the safety of walking and cycling in two Toronto neighbourhoods: the Annex and Black Creek.
This week, our co-managers for the Active Neighbourhoods Canada project here at TCAT: Mikey Bennington and Car Martin, attended HC Link's 2013 provincial conference, Linking for Healthy Communities: Collaborating for Change. The conference provided an opportunity for Mikey and Car to meet individuals from the health sector, community organizations and various Ontario municipalities who are working towards the shared goal of building healthy, sustainable and resilient communities.
The Toronto Bike Awards are fast approaching! Join Cycle Toronto in the Gladstone Ballroom on Tuesday November 26 for a celebration of the people and organizations that are making this city a better place to bike. The City of Toronto will be presenting seven Bike Friendly Business Awards, and TCAT will present its fifth annual Active Transportation Champion award.
The City of Toronto is continuing work toward the installation of cycle tracks on Richmond and Adelaide Streets. So far, the city has already hosted public and stakeholder consultation meetings, and is now presenting a recommendation for uni-directional tracks on the right sides of both Richmond and Adelaide. Public drop-in events are scheduled November 18 and 19th at Metro Hall; residents are encouraged to attend to view information material, ask questions of the project team, and provide feedback.
The 2nd International Winter Cycling Congress will be held February 12 & 13, 2014, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Congress will provide a venue for delegates from around the world to share their expertise related to Winter Cycling.
In partnership with Toronto Public Health and Cycle Toronto, as part of the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative, TCAT is hosting a workshop "Walk Cycle Move: the Annex" on Wednesday, November 27 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Trinity St. Paul's, 427 Bloor Street West, in the Chapel Room.
The workshop will examine public opinion on the following proposed projects that could improve walking and cycling safety in the Annex:
Ryan Whitney, in partnership with Toronto Public Health, as part of his work on the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative, is organizing two sessions about active transportation to and from the Black Creek Community Farm: the first on Tuesday, Nov 12 from 6-8 p.m. at Driftwood Community Centre, 4401 Jane Street and the second on Monday, Nov 18 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Oakdale Community Centre, 350 Grandravine Dr.
The Institute of Transportation Engineers recently released a Request for Proposals for the 7th edition of their Traffic Engineering Handbook; a source of information and techniques for traffic engineering. This edition seeks to include resources that help professionals incorporate the needs of all road users, "including, but not limited to, pedestrians, bicyclists, freight, automobiles, public transit, and travelers of all ages and abilities".
Barbara McCann, the founding Executive Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition, has recently published a timely and important book, Completing Our Streets: The Transition to Safe and Inclusive Transportation Networks.
On September 20, 2013 TCAT made a submission to the Toronto Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in response to a proposal to receive the earlier recommendation to extend the Bay Street bicycle lanes which was heard by the committee on June 18th. The current proposal is to install sharrows instead of bike lanes so as to avoid removing left hand turns from Bay onto Bloor. This item was considered on June 18, 2013 and referred back to staff for further community consultation.