On February 10th, TCAT was pleased to join other environmental leaders in a press conference organized by the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) to release their municipal election priorities for 2010. One of TEA’s six key action items is a Complete Streets policy for Toronto. Read TEA’s press release here.
In the last TCAT News we noted that the bulk of the Toronto media coverage of January’s pedestrian fatalities was unbalanced by concentrating more on pedestrian behaviour than on street design. We are happy to report that there has been some excellent coverage in recent weeks. Follow the links below for some of the best we’ve seen or heard.
#voteTOin416 is an innovative event featuring fourteen speakers who have been selected to pitch their alternative visions of a better City of Toronto in four minutes and 16 seconds or less. Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT’s Program Director, will talk about the need for a complete streets policy that ensures that streets are designed for the safety and comfort of all road users.
Date: Thursday, February 11
Time: Doors: 6:00 p.m., Presentations and performances: 6:30pm-8:30pm
The City of Toronto’s Cycling Infrastructure and Programs unit is hosting a Public Open House on proposed upgrades to the existing multi-use paths in Trinity Bellwoods Park. It will be important for cyclists and pedestrians to attend and share their feedback on the proposed realignment and resurfacing, both with City staff and fellow park users.
Date: Wednesday, February 24
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Trinity C.R.C., 155 Crawford St., Assembly Hall
TCAT was invited to participate in an urban design workshop as part of the York-Bay-Yonge Interchange Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment. Participants explored design strategies and community building opportunities made possible by the proposed reconfiguration of the Gardiner Expressway interchange.
Don’t forget to save the date for TCAT’s upcoming Complete Streets Forum taking place on April 22-23, 2010. Building on the success of TCAT’s Bike Summit 2008 and 2009, the Complete Streets Forum will expand the mandate and scope of TCAT’s annual active transportation policy conference. Registration opening soon!
Two recent research reports that may be of interest:
The safety of our most vulnerable road users – cyclists and pedestrians – is of critical importance. As the recent pedestrian deaths in Toronto tragically highlight, this is clearly an urgent issue.
Thanks so much to all of TCAT’s supporters who took the time to review and provide excellent feedback on the final draft of TCAT’s new platform titled "Action 2014: Complete Streets and Active Transportation". Once we have worked through all of the feedback, the new platform will be uploaded to the TCAT website in an easy-to-read on-line format.