The final Bike Flemingdon Thorncliffe Park outreach event was held at the end of October at Valley Park Middle School. This event provided a significant opportunity for the community to come together to discuss and learn about the City of Toronto’s bike study and plans for new bicycle facilities in the area, which include… Read more »
This post by Michelle Kearns is part of Spacing’s partnership with the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank at the University of Toronto. Michelle is a graduate of U of T’s Master of Science in Planning program working in partnership with the Scarborough Cycles project at the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation. Scarborough Cycles is… Read more »
The Metcalf Foundation, in partnership with two local business improvement associations and the City of Toronto, funded The Economic Impact Study of the Bike Lanes in Toronto’s Bloor Annex and Korea Town Neighbourhoods. Published by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) in October 2017, the study found that cycling ridership and business revenue were up along… Read more »
Designing better cities is pretty simple, according to Danish Architect Jan Gehl. It requires only a shift in what we measure. If we observe the movements and patterns of pedestrians and cyclists instead of measuring automobiles, the data collected will lead cities to fundamentally different design solutions that are livable and pleasant for people…. Read more »
Photo Credit: Nancy Smith Lea Yesterday, the City of Toronto’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) voted 4-2 in favour of keeping the Bloor bike lanes and improving them. The Committee heard from nearly 60 organizations and individuals, including local residents and business associations, and had the opportunity to ask questions of City staff. While… Read more »
Photo Credit: Yvonne Verlinden As the death toll rises on Toronto’s roads, so too is pressure from all sides to act urgently to improve the safety of our streets so that everyone reaches their destination alive. On a provincial level, the MPP for Parkdale-High Park, Cheri DiNovo, announced a new private member’s bill at the… Read more »
But isn’t it destroying local business? Not a chance. A city- commissioned economic impact study interviewed businesses and customers and determined that just nine per cent of the people coming to Bloor Street to shop arrive by car. Read full article here.
In our dreams of urban sustainability, we often picture beautiful, compact, human scaled, older neighbourhoods filled with people and activity. But many of our urban streets are machine scaled– newer, wider and filled with tall buildings and fast moving cars. We don’t yet have an image in our mind that transforms these kinds of… Read more »
The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) worked with the University of Toronto to do a baseline analysis (pre-bike lane) in 2015, a post installation assessment in 2016, and another in 2017. They also established a control group on Danforth Avenue, which has no bike lanes, to account for other influences not attributable to dividing… Read more »
As for businesses, the study found that “most merchants reported an increase in the number of customers, most visitors reported spending more and visiting more frequently, and that vacancy rates are stable.” Read full article here.