In response to TCAT's call last month for new steering committee members we received several high quality applicants for a limited number of spaces. A sub-committee of the steering committee reviewed the applications, interviewed the candidates, and made selections based on TCAT's current needs as we head into our sixth year of conducting research, developing policy, and creating opportunities for knowledge sharing, all with the goal of providing evidence and identifying workable active transportation solutions in Toronto and beyond.
If you couldn't attend the keynote presentations, want to fill in some blanks in your notes, or show your friends and colleagues what they missed, video clips from the Complete Streets Forum are now posted online. All of the powerpoint presentations are already available to view here.
The Toronto Board of Health recently studied the health benefits and risks of active transportation. In the report, Road to Health: Improving Walking and Cycling in Toronto, the Board of Health demonstrates that the physical activity associated with active transportation provides important health benefits, and leads to significant savings in health care costs.
What a great day! A record breaking number of delegates participated in TCAT's fifth annual Complete Streets Forum on Monday April 23, 2012 at the Evergreen Brick Works. There were 230 delegates gathered in Toronto and another 20 joined in through webcasting for a total of 250 participants!
TCAT is pleased to announce that it was awarded a Sustainability Internship from the Metcalf Foundation to build upon TCAT's Complete Streets programming. TCAT has hired Sam Schachar, a recent graduate in urban planning and previous TCAT volunteer, for six months starting in May. Sam will be profiling three communities in Southern Ontario who are making progress in creating Complete Streets and producing Complete Streets online resources.
Due to overwhelming demand, the Complete Streets Forum reached full capacity of 200+ registrants! As a result, registration is now closed. We are maintaining a waiting list in case any spots open up. To get on the list please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
On March 29, 2012 at the University of Toronto (launch photos here), TCAT released Complete Streets by Design: Toronto streets redesigned for all ages and abilities to show how six Toronto streets could look and feel redesigned as Complete Streets.
In response to concerns related to the fall of 2011 rollout of the InfoPillars (120 in total are called for by the City in the agreement), and their placement on Toronto's streets, City of Toronto staff recently explored a number of options with Astral. These included elimination of the element entirely, reducing the numbers to be deployed, redesign the ad faces, enhanced transit shelter ad capabilities, as well as variations on the placement parameters.
One of TCAT’s founding members, Charles O’Hara, has stepped down from the Steering Committee. We are all grateful to Charles for all of his hard work and dedication to TCAT over the past five years. Thank you Charles!
As a result, we are looking for a new Steering Committee member who wants to use their skills and experience to help transform Toronto streets into Complete Streets!
Toronto Public Health has released a " The Walkable City: Neighbourhood Design and Preferences, Travel Choices and Health." The report details the results of a study conducted in Toronto, examining residents' preferences for walkable and transit-supportive neighbourhoods, and highlights the relationship between travel choices, levels of physical activity, and body weights of residents in relationship to the walkability of their current neighbourhood.
Hamilton Public Works - Sustainable Mobility Group and Share the Road Cycling Coalition are hosting an annual Transportation Summit in Hamilton. This year’s summit focuses on Complete Streets - streets that are designed for safe use and access for everyone. TCAT Director Nancy Smith Lea will be speaking at the Summit about Complete Streets in the GTHA.
In response to concerns related to the initial Fall of 2011 rollout of the InfoPillars (120 in total are called for by the City in the agreement), and their placement on Toronto's streets, City of Toronto staff explored a number of options with Astral. These included elimination of the element entirely, reducing the numbers to be deployed, redesign the ad faces, enhanced transit shelter ad capabilities, as well as variations on the placement parameters.