The Clean Air Partnership is pleased to announce the publication of a research report titled Bike Lanes, On-Street Parking and Business.
Contrary to common public perception, the evidence shows that removing
on-street parking to install a bicycle lane or widened sidewalk would
likely increase not decrease commercial activity. "This report should
alleviate concerns that downtown business owners have about on-street
The Appleton Foundation's GreenApple SMART Transportation Ranking
Report (now in its second year) was launched to attempt to provide an
accurate measurement of the sustainability of transportation systems in
Canada’s urban areas.
The 2008 report's top four ranked urban areas are Victoria, BC,
Vancouver, BC, Ottawa-Gatineau (Ontario – Quebec) and Montreal, Quebec
— all four of these urban regions have demonstrated a commitment to
directing significant public resources to address urban transportation
in an environmentally sustainable manner.
One of the goals for Bike Summit 2008 was to share the knowledge and lessons learned with bicycle advocates, professionals and elected officials unable to join us in Toronto for the event. To this end, TCAT helped to coordinate a follow-up Bike Summit webinar and produced a Summary Report to help build the case for cycling investments in communities across Canada.
As reported in TCAT News,
on September 18th and 19th, 2008, the Toronto Coalition for Active
Transportation, the Clean Air Partnership and the Community Bicycle
Network (CBN) held a community forum and stakeholder roundtable
entitled Bikes as a Public Good: What is the future of public bike
sharing in Toronto? The aim of this 2-day event was to engage the
general public, the cycling community and other stakeholders in
discussing the future of this new form of personalized mass
1. Prompted by our e-bulletin last week on the benefits of walkability,
a TCAT supporter shared this excellent publication by Go for Green in 2004 documenting the economic benefits of walking and cycling. In these
times of fiscal restraint, one of the wisest investments our
governments could make is in active transportation infrastructure.
According to the report, the economic benefits of everyone who engages
The UK government has just issued an urban design compendium
that offers guidance for designing for walking and cycling. Click on
"urban design principles" and go to the section "making the
Todd Litman's Economic Value of Walkability, released last year, is a great resource describing ways to evaluate the value of walking and walkability.
1. As reported in CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, a new browser-based presentation called "Barriers to Walking: What You're Up Against," has been posted on the Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) web site. This 10-minute audio-visual presentation describes some of the barriers that block people of all ages from being more active. To view "Barriers to Walking," click the associated link on this page.