Ryan Whitney, the Complete Streets Researcher and Program Manager here at TCAT, has been busy establishing the methods for the Complete Streets Gap Analysis due to be completed in mid-January 2012. The Gap Analysis will provide a comprehensive overview of Complete Streets policy language, or similar policy language, in Ontario as well as barriers to implementing these policies. The research will also include a Case Studies section that will profile several exceptional communities across the province working towards Complete Streets.
Why are mobility pricing measures a contentious issue? Even though a recent poll found that most GTA residents support a downtown congestion charge, building consensus for new road tolls is no easy task. Yet this month there is not one but two stellar events focused on how to pay for the mobility solutions we need in Toronto and the rest of the GTA.
Robert Imrie, Professor of Geography at King's College London, will be in Toronto to give a lecture titled "Designing for Complete Streets: the inter-relationships between vision-impairment and space sharing". The talk will be happening on Nov 23rd from 12 to 1pm at the University of Toronto, Rehabilitation Sciences building. See here for details.
Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT Director, took part in a roundtable last summer hosted by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA). The topic was the challenges of rethinking the definition of green infrastructure and incorporating sustainable systems into built projects.
As recently reported in Novae Res Urbis (NRU), Halton region (including Oakville, Burlington, and Milton) recently approved a new transportation master plan that prioritizes transportation choice and maximizes the use of transit and other alternatives to the single occupant vehicle.
University of Toronto Cities Centre is organizing "Toronto Talks Mobility", a two-day free public gathering of transportation experts, activists, politicians, and citizens to kick-start a campaign for transportation solutions for the greater Toronto and Hamilton area.
Each year, the Toronto Community Foundation (TCF) releases its Vital Signs report that tracks over time several different indicators of Toronto's quality of life, including transportation. In the recently released 2011 report, TCF reports that chronic underinvestment in transportation is threatening Toronto's global competitiveness.