On Jun 19-20, pedestrians enjoyed two car-free days on St. Clair Ave. This successful event was organized by the City of Toronto's Public Realm Section. The attached slides show what a great day it was for all involved and here are a couple of quotes from participants:
"This is fostering a real sense of community. We're running into neighbours that we wouldn't otherwise see."
"I live in the neighbourhood, and today I've found shops that I never knew existed."
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.
On Tuesday, May 11th, City Council approved the public bike share program by 33-8. The program will be run by Montreal’s Bixi and will start with 1,000 bikes at 80 stations located throughout the downtown. More information available in the Toronto Star and IBikeT.O.
The most recent edition of Yonge Street Media features a story about TCAT and the Complete Streets Forum. Dylan Reid’s article, “Streets for everyone” offers a great overview of Complete Streets Policies and the region’s interest in their implementation.
Interested in finding out more about best policy and implementation practices to create complete streets? Barbara McCann, Executive Director of the Complete Streets Coalition has recently published a book on the topic available here.