Is walkability, bikeability, mobility, or livability part of your work? A reminder that TCAT invites you to submit a proposal for the 2012 Complete Streets Forum - taking place in Toronto on April 23, 2012. Proposals should be evidence-based and relate to the planning, design, engineering, education, or evaluation of Complete Streets. Deadline for submissions is 5 pm, January 20, 2012. For more information, visit here.
Thanks to all of you who provided comments and feedback on the first draft of TCAT's Complete Streets by Design resource. We were delighted by the valuable input from citizens, advocates, and professionals and have carefully reviewed every submission. The vast range of reviewers and responses offered many alternatives that differed at times. The thoughtful and thorough consideration of the document is much appreciated.
The next Yonge Street Speaker lecture "Feet + Wheels" will generate ideas on how to create safe streets that have room for everybody who needs to use them. Sponsored by the Toronto Community Foundation and Waterfront Toronto, the upcoming dialogue will include TCAT director Nancy Smith Lea. Register here.
A short promotional video of highlights from the Complete Streets Forum in 2011 organized by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT). Each year TCAT holds an active transportation forum (Bike Summit 2008 and 2009, Complete Streets Forum 2010 and 2011) in Toronto, Ontario Canada that is attended by hundreds of registrants. The video is edited by Chris Beaver with a soundtrack featuring an original song written and performed by the Canadian band The Geese.
Due to the support of numerous community organizations, councilors, and citizens, the hurried installation of the sidewalk-blocking Astral InfoToGo Pillars is being reconsidered. The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommended that the location of all new pillars must be approved by the General Manger of Transportation Services in consultation with the local Councillor.
The same Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting voted in favour of increasing fines for stopping in bike lanes from $60 to $150. Although enforcement rather than fines has been found to be the primary deterrent for by-law violations, this is certainly a positive move. Already illegal, the City is looking into creating a fine for sidewalk riding, likely $65.
Just 30 minutes of exercise, a mere 2% of your day, brings the greatest return on investment for health and improves quality of life. Translated into active transportation, in 30 minutes you can travel 2.5 km on foot of 7.5 km by bike. Happy trails!
New info pillars were approved by Council in the summer of 2011 and have been installed at many sites across the downtown area since that time. From these initial installations, it is clear that these pillars raise important concerns about the prioritization of active transportation in Toronto.
Fully grown and festively lit trees aren’t the only things sprouting up around the city lately. Dozens of new infoTOgo pillars are being installed, impeding pedestrian flow, blocking sightlines, and causing concern from people who rely on city sidewalks as a mode of transportation.
National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy published a literature review exploring the impacts of traffic calming in urban
areas. Featuring an original approach, the document compares individual
measures with systematic area wide interventions and their impacts on-road
collisions, air quality, noises, and the physical activity associated with
We are on a roll here at TCAT! Our vision of cities that are safe, convenient, and enjoyable communities to walk and bike motivates everything we do. But it's our commitment to turning this vision into reality that truly excites us. We are confident this inspires our readers as well, and we invite you to show your support by donating to TCAT today.
The Complete Streets Forum 2011 keynote speaker Mia Birk finished with these words of encouraging support:
On November 7, 2011 the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario announced that his office will be conducting a review led by Dr. Bert Lauwers, Deputy Chief Coroner into pedestrian deaths across the province. The purpose of the review is to identify common factors that have played a role in pedestrian deaths and where appropriate, make recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future.
Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities must be able to safely move along and across a complete street. But what does a complete street actually look like? We are looking for feedback from a wide range of people including engineers, planners, urban designers, architects, and community members.
Congratulations to TCAT Steering Committee Member Chris Hardwicke for receiving the Premier’s Award of Excellence in Community Planning. Chris was lead consultant for the collaboration between his firm, Sweeny, Stirling, Finlayson, and Co.