Mikey Bennington on a bike

Best of Luck to TCAT’s Mikey Bennington

Posted on December 14, 2017

  TCAT’s Policy and Evaluation Lead, Mikey Bennington, will be moving on to a position with Toronto Public Health in January. Over the past four years, Mikey has been an instrumental part of the Active Neighbourhoods Canada team, coordinating community-based efforts to re-imagine streets and public spaces in neighbourhoods in Sudbury, Peterborough, Haliburton, and Toronto, and winning… Read more »

New report: Building Active Communities Together

Posted on December 12, 2017

On November 29, 2017, TCAT and our Active Neighbourhoods Canada (ANC) partners, the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre (MUEC) and the Sustainable Calgary Society, released a new report entitled .  This report articulates the participatory planning approach developed by MUEC during their Green Active and Healthy Neighbourhoods program, and refined by the Active Neighbourhoods partners during our pilot projects from 2013-2017…. Read more »

Public Health Officer of Canada: Build active communities to improve health

Posted on December 4, 2017

  The design of our communities has significant impact on our health and well-being. This is a concept that has increasingly become central to our work at TCAT, and we are thrilled to see the link between design and healthy living becoming more central to the public health conversation across Canada as a whole. Recently,… Read more »

St. Albert Gazette: Completing our streets

Posted on November 29, 2017

An incomplete street is more or less what you find in most cities today, said Nancy Smith Lea, director of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation. “The sidewalks might be narrow, there’s probably no bike lane, there’s probably no transit shelters,” and it just feels unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians. The complete street movement is… Read more »

Walking While Watching Out

Posted on November 16, 2017

Image Credit: Yvonne Verlinden Recent debates about distracted walking prompted TCAT’s Yvonne Verlinden to create “The Difference Between Walking and Driving” infographic. In comparing the characteristics of people walking or driving, its clear why it makes no sense need to equate walking with driving on the spectrum of responsibility. Children can walk, but they cannot drive. Why? Because… Read more »

Cycling in the Snow: How many do it and what does it actually look like?

Posted on November 16, 2017

Photo Credit: Anthony Galloro In the recent debate surrounding the (now permanent) bike lanes on Bloor Street, questions around winter cycling figured almost as prominently as those around economic impact. In approving the bike lane, City Council also directed staff to conduct counts of people biking along the street throughout the winter. We already have… Read more »

Taking the Cyclists Out of TCAT’s Bloor Bike Lane Report

Posted on November 16, 2017

Photo Credit: Yvonne Verlinden TCAT’s recent report on the economic impact of the pilot bike lanes on Bloor (which Toronto City Council overwhelmingly voted earlier this month to make permanent) conspicuously avoids the word “cyclist”. And while “people walking” are mentioned often, “pedestrians” only appear when reporting verbatim comments received from survey respondents. These deliberate word… Read more »

Talwood Apartment Building and Community Garden in Peterborough

Bringing planning to the people! Participatory planning in Peterborough

Posted on November 16, 2017

Photo Credit: Tessa Nasca TCAT recently launched the next phase of our Active Neighbourhoods project, and have begun participatory planning with residents in the Brookdale neighbourhood in Peterborough. Along with our partner, GreenUP, and their NeighbourPLAN program, we are working to make urban planning accessible, community-driven, and fun! We are working in three Peterborough neighbourhoods… Read more »

Crossing the Danger Zone: Intersections and cyclists

Posted on November 16, 2017

Photo Credit: Yvonne Verlinden While separated bike lanes are becoming more common in Toronto, intersections remain a danger point for cyclists. According to a 2015 Cycling Safety Study conducted in Vancouver, the majority of collisions involving cyclists happen within intersections, and in 93% of cases, cyclists had the right of way upon collision. Currently, bike… Read more »

Cover of Metrolinx's Regional Transportation Plan

TCAT Responds to Metrolinx Draft 2041 Regional Transportation Plan

Posted on November 15, 2017

Photo Credit: Metrolinx On November 15, 2017 TCAT Director Nancy Smith Lea and Dr. Raktim Mitra from Ryerson University made a joint response regarding the Draft 2014 Regional Transportation Plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, released by Metrolinx in September 2017. These comments build on our previous response submitted in November 2016. You… Read more »