TCAT's fifth annual Complete Streets Forum was held April 23, 2012 at Toronto's Evergreen Brick Works, and gathered designers, planners, engineers, and advocates to discuss the implementation of Complete Streets across Canada. 250 participants were engaged in workshops, keynotes, interactive panel discussions, and networking throughout the day.
This month, the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario released its report reviewing all 129 accidental cycling deaths in Ontario between 2006 and 2010. The report notes that every cycling death reviewed was preventable and includes 14 recommendations, each supported by data from the cases reviewed. These recommendations fit into four categories put forward by the report; Infrastructure, Education, Enforcement, Legislation.
TCAT was pleased to attend a preview of the MOVE Expo, a transportation multi-sensory tour at Evergreen Brick Works that explores the past, present and future of transportation; an exploration of the innovative ideas and technologies needed to build and connect our communities in efficient and sustainable ways. The exhibit will run until October 28th and is definitely worth checking out.
Cycle Toronto (formerly the Toronto Cyclists Union) encourages you to attend a community meeting regarding the Wellesley-Hoskin bike track project, on Wednesday June 27th from 6-8:00 pm at 444 Sherbourne St. This public open house will provide an opportunity to discuss the project, provide input on the development of the roadway, and review the designs for improved bike lanes.
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. Symposium features include:
The University of British Columbia Medical Journal recently published an article by Kay Teschke and other members of the Cycling in Cities research team (of which TCAT is a member) considering the health risks and benefits of recent efforts to encourage cycling in North American cities from a health perspective.
CBC radio has a new weekly cycling column "Bambrick on Bikes" with Yvonne Bambrick. Last week's show provided an update on the status of various bike lane projects throughout Toronto, including projects on Dupont and Bloor-Danforth. Responding to a question about the potential impact that bike lanes could have on local business, Yvonne referenced TCAT's research reports on the topic.
Happy Bike Month! Throughout the month of June, communities across Canada will celebrate Bike Month. The month kicked off Monday, May 28 with the Toronto Group Commute, where commuters from around the city cycle together toward Yonge and Bloor for festivities including a pancake breakfast at City Hall. There are dozens of events all month long, including group rides and tours, workshops, and clinics.
The Yonge Business Improvement Area is proposing that the city close two lanes of traffic for a month-long Celebrate Yonge street festival from August 7 to September 16. The BIA notes the benefits of wide sidewalks to other neighbourhoods, and the strain placed on Yonge's sidewalks. The Toronto Star wrote about the proposal earlier this month.
After years of planning, design and public consultation, construction on the transformation of Queens Quay is about to begin! Waterfront Toronto is holding a public meeting on June 6 and an open house on June 9 to inform citizens about this exciting project.
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.