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.
On Oct 11, 2012, TCAT released its latest backgrounder, The Economic Impacts of Active Transportation. This backgrounder discusses some of the economic impacts related to walking and cycling within an urban environment, in terms of impacts on businesses and real estate, personal and public finances, and indirect impacts such as health and productivity.
The September 5 edition of Novae Ras Urbis (GTA edition) includes an article on active transportation, discussing the challenges in moving the principles of complete streets from policy to implementation. The article asserts that there is a need to "walk the walk" on policies that improve cycling and walking environments.
The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) holds a symposium each year on different themes of particular relevance to planners. The theme for 2012, happening on Sep 20-21, is Healthy Communities & Planning for Active Transportation.
The National Complete Streets Coalition in the United States recently released a new report and workbook. The 2011 Policy Analysis highlights the best examples of local Complete Streets policies throughout the United States.
Yonge Street between Queen and Gerrard in downtown Toronto will be reduced to one lane in each direction for the "Celebrate Yonge" festival from mid-August to mid-September. By expanding the sidewalks and creating outdoor seating areas within the festival area, the pilot project creates more room for pedestrians during the busiest season for Yonge Street and removes under-utilized space for vehicles.
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TCAT recently launched Complete Streets for Canada and TCAT's Complete Streets Researcher and Project Manager, Ryan Anders Whitney, has been interviewed by two popular Toronto news sites and one Edmonton newspaper.
The City of Toronto recently announced the appointment of Jennifer Keesmaat, Principal at Dialog, as Toronto's new Chief Planner. Keesmaat is recognized as one of Canada's foremost planners, with successful projects nationally and internationally, and awards for planning excellence from several different organizations.
TCAT currently has two short-term positions open. We are looking for skilled and dedicated people to help us complete key deliverables for our Complete Streets programming. One of the positions is paid and the other is volunteer.
Ryan Anders Whitney, TCAT's Complete Streets Researcher and Project Manager, will be based in Ottawa for the month of August at The Hub. Please get in touch with Ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are in the Ottawa area and would like to learn more and/or have a presentation on TCAT's Complete Streets for Canada program in your community.
8-80 Cities presents a free event featuring Helle Søholt, founding partner and Managing Director of Gehl Architects, discussing the lessons Toronto can learn from international projects in Copenhagen, Melbourne, and New York that have transformed public space to prioritize health, life quality, and an inclusive environment for all people.
Former Chair of the TTC Adam Giambrone, writing for Now Toronto, has recently published an article discussing the importance of investment in infrastructure and policies that support pedestrians in Toronto. Giambrone points out that most citizens walk regularly, whether exclusively or to connect with transit, and that improvements to the walking environment will help the city meet economic and environmental challenges.
A GPS device manufacturer recently published a ranking of the most congested major cities in North America and Europe based on the speed of automobile travel during peak travel time versus non-peak travel time. Canadian headlines drew attention to Vancouver's ranking as the worst in Canada. Toronto ranked 9th in North America.