Cycling

Make Active Transportation a Provincial Priority – Submit Comments for the Provincial Policy Statement

The Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) “provides direction on matters of provincial interest related to land use planning and development.” All decisions – including municipal plans – must be consistent with the PPS, so it can potentially have a big impact on what happens in your community.

City of Hamilton to Introduce New Sustainable Transportation Plan

The City of Hamilton is creating a new 20-year plan, Step Forward, to anticipate new growth, but instead of widening existing roads, the city plans on increasing trips made by cycling, walking and public transit, reports the Hamilton Spectator.

TCAT Releases Complete Streets Forum 2010 Summary Report

On April 23, 2010, TCAT organized a Complete Streets Forum at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. There were also pre-conference activities on April 22, 2010 at various locations.

Building on the success of TCAT's Bike Summit 2008 and 2009, the Complete Streets Forum expanded the mandate and scope of TCAT's annual active transportation policy conference.

TCAT's 2010 Municipal Candidate Election Survey Underway

TCAT is currently undergoing a survey of all City of Toronto mayoral, councillor and school trustee candidates.

TCAT previously surveyed all City of Toronto municipal candidates in the lead up to the 2006 Municipal Elections. TCAT created an Active Transportation Platform that identified actions for the next City Council to take to support active transportation.

TCAT in the News: City Plans on Adding 30km of Trails

This fall, Toronto will add approximately 30 km to the Finch and Gatineau hydro corridors and the Don Valley Trails. This is one of the largest expansions of Toronto's trail system in one year. When it's completed it will almost be possible to ride around the entire city on an off-road trail.

Free Webcast - Sustainable Transport Systems – Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Join the authors of "An Introduction to Sustainable Transportation and Transport for Suburbia" for an event that explores the problems that sustainability poses for transport planners and innovative solutions from around the world. Preston L. Schiller and Paul Mees will present the latest thinking on transport policy from global, regional and local perspectives.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 12 pm.

Register here.

Bike!Bike! is Looking for Beds for Participants - Aug 12-15

This year, Toronto is hosting Bike!Bike!2010, an annual conference organized by and for community bike projects.

Hosted in a different city in North America each year, this year's conference will be held in Toronto and hosted by the Bike Pirates, running from August 12-15.

BIXI Bash – Wednesday, July 28th – Get a Subscription, Make BIXI Toronto a Reality!

Last TCAT News, we reported that City Council placed a number of conditions on BIXI, the public bike share program that is coming to Toronto. One of these is that 1000 membership pledges are required by Nov 30th.

Be one of the first to SUBSCRIBE this Wednesday at the BIXI Bash.

The BIXI Bash held at the Gladstone Hotel on July 28th 2010 at 7 pm will provide you an opportunity to be one of the first to subscribe to BIXI Toronto and help make public bikes a reality in our City!

Completion of Jarvis Bike Lanes Scheduled for this Week

Bike lanes are being added to Jarvis Street this week, between Charles Street and Queen Street East. To include bike lanes on both sides of the street, the centre reversible lane was removed last week.

City Council approved the installation of two bike lanes on Jarvis Street in May 2009 after considerable debate between providing cycling or pedestrian infrastructure. TCAT's position on Jarvis can be found here.

Waterloo’s New Transportation Plan Includes Complete Streets

On June 16th, 2010 Waterloo City Council approved a Transportation Master Plan that features a Complete Streets policy as its "cornerstone" component. "As a result, Active Transportation becomes an integral part of the municipal transportation system." (The City of Waterloo Transportation Master Plan, "A City that is truly accessible to all", June 2010, pg 26). Read the full plan here.

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