Traffic Control Signals and “No Turn on Red” at PWIC meeting on June 15 – Submit Your Comments

Posted on June 15, 2010

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, at its meeting of June 15, will be considering a staff report seeking authority to install 13 new traffic control signals and road alterations to enhance 5 uncontrolled trail crossings, related to 30 kilometres of new trails and 4 kilometres of upgraded trails along the Finch Hydro Corridor, Gatineau Hydro Corridor and CN Leaside Rail Corridor, across the North York and Scarborough Districts. View the report here.

St. Clair Feet on the Street – June 19 & 20

Posted on June 15, 2010

The City of Toronto is celebrating the culture of walking with “St. Clair Feet on the Street”.

Pedestrians will get to enjoy St. Clair Avenue West closed to cars, but not streetcars, in both directions between Vaughan Road and Winona Drive on Saturday, June 19th from 5-11pm and on Sunday, June 20th from 9am-8pm.

The event will feature sidewalk sales, displays and information tables from businesses along the street and restaurant/café patios operating on the sidewalks. The TTC heritage streetcar will offer FREE rides on Sunday.

Submit Your Comments – EA of Gardiner and Lake Shore Boulevard – June 20th

Posted on June 15, 2010

An Environmental Assessment (EA) study is underway for the eastern Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard corridor between Jarvis Street and the Don Valley Parkway.

A survey of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers who use this corridor has started. Members of the general public are invited to provide their input so that informed, high quality decisions can be made about the future of the Gardiner.

The results of the survey will provide valuable public input about key travel behaviour and attitudes concerning the future of the eastern Gardiner-Lake Shore Corridor.

TCAT Joins MEC’s Bikefest – July 3rd

Posted on June 15, 2010

Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Bikefest is a full day event that connects the cycling community with new and experienced cyclists. Activities will include:

  • Bike clinics and seminars
  • Bike swap
  • Different bike rides through the city
  • Live music and gear giveaway

Bikefest will be on July 3, 2010 at Toronto’s Liberty Village.

Walk and Roll Peel website now live – Visit site for more information on Peel Active Transportation Study

Posted on June 15, 2010

Walk and Roll Peel, a joint initiative between Peel, Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, launched this month.

The website contains many resources on walking and cycling, everything from planning a recreational ride to research on active transportation to a greenhouse gas emissions calculator to help you figure out your emissions reductions from walking or biking.

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New website maps cycling routes in Toronto

Posted on June 15, 2010

A new website, Ride the City, is offering a mapping service just for cyclists. The site lets you choose from “safe”, “safer” and “direct” routes. Give it a shot!

Complete Streets Policy Development Underway in Toronto and across the GTA!

Posted on May 30, 2010

One of TCAT’s goals for last month’s Complete Streets Forum was for the City of Toronto to adopt a complete streets policy. As such we were quite pleased that Gary Welsh, General Manager of Transportation Services and many other senior transportation staff attended the Forum. Mr. Welsh was quoted in the Toronto Star the day after the Forum that he will take a serious look at adopting a complete streets policy in Toronto.

TCAT’s Nancy Smith Lea writes about streets in Europe and the Middle East

Posted on May 30, 2010

TCAT Director Nancy Smith Lea recently returned from a two-week vacation in Belgium, Jordan and Syria and was invited to share her observations on OpenFile. In her article, "Embracing Traffic Chaos”, Nancy recounts her experiences on the frenetic streets of Damascus and asks the reader what is keeping Toronto from experiencing calm and cooperation on its well-regulated streets.

Spacing features TCAT’s Complete Streets Forum

Posted on May 30, 2010

Last week, SpacingToronto featured a story about TCAT’s Complete Street Forum. Hillary Best’s article, “Complete Streets: What they are and why we need them”, provides a great overview of the benefits of Complete Streets policies. Best’s coverage of the Forum zeros in on the health and economic benefits of reducing motor vehicle traffic.

TCAT summer intern starts – May 31

Posted on May 30, 2010

Eunice Lee, an undergraduate student at University of Waterloo’s School of Planning, is starting at internship with TCAT next week. Eunice will: