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.
TCAT is a partner of this year's Bicycle Friendly Business Awards and will be presenting our fourth annual Active Transportation Champion award - for an individual or organization that has worked to raise the profile of cycling or walking and its relationship to a high quality of urban life.
TCAT is pleased to announce the "Complete Streets in Southern Ontario: Case Studies" webinar to be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM EDT
In summer 2012, TCAT conducted survey-based research in three Southern Ontario jurisdictions. The study was designed to investigate the state of Complete Streets in these communities and to gain a better understanding of the barriers to Complete Streets policy and implementation in Southern Ontario.
In September, the Ontario Office of the Chief Coroner released a review of accidental pedestrian deaths in Ontario during 2010. The first recommendation proposed by the report is that the province and all municipalities in Ontario adopt a Complete Streets approach in order to improve pedestrian safety:
This November, cycling experts from Denmark and The Netherlands are collaborating to offer two-day training sessions on bicycle planning and policies that help build a local cycling culture. The session will bring lessons learned in the European context and help participants to uncover local solutions. Sessions are scheduled throughout Canada.
On October 10, 2012 TCAT submitted a submission to the Public Works & Infrastructure Commitee regarding changing the definition of a bicycle to include e-bikes. TCAT was one of the organizations invited by the Ministry of Transportation to provide input into e-bike regulations. As a result, we were pleased to see that new safety requirements were legislated.