The Centre for Active Transportation is a project of the registered charity Clean Air Partnership
The Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) has a vision of vibrant cities with clean air, a healthy population, and a transportation system that prioritizes walking and cycling.
Our mission is to advance knowledge and evidence to build support for safe and inclusive streets for walking and cycling. We believe that active transportation plays a critical role in creating environmentally and economically sustainable cities.
TCAT acknowledges that the stolen land on which we operate is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples. These sacred lands are covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant — an agreement forged between the Anishinaabe Nation and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to peaceably share resources.
At TCAT, we recognize that many Indigenous Peoples are particularly vulnerable to climate change and will be faster and disproportionately impacted by its effects. Through our work, we are committed to disrupting ongoing approaches to climate governance that reproduce settler-colonial relations and systematically exclude Indigenous Peoples from policy making.
Since time immemorial, Indigenous Peoples have stewarded the lands and waters that hold TCAT. Truly transformative climate action can only be attained when we all support Indigenous Peoples in developing self-determined climate solutions across Turtle Island. TCAT has a long way to go in ensuring that these values are inextricable to our work. We are committed to supporting Indigenous-led climate governance, building ongoing relationships with Indigenous Peoples, and using our platform to amplify Indigenous voices leading in climate action.
TCAT was formed in 2006 as a grassroots coalition to give a unified voice to the many groups working for a better cycling and pedestrian environment in Toronto. In 2008, TCAT became a project of Clean Air Partnership (CAP) and now guides the active transportation work at CAP. TCAT is a respected and credible leader in active transportation research, policy solutions, and evidence-based programming within Ontario, across Canada, and beyond.
- “Group of the Year” community award by ibikeTO at the 2008 Toronto Bike Awards.
- Wheels of Change award at the 2018 Ontario Bike Summit from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in the category of Community Collaboration for TCAT’s important role in the success of the 2016-17 Bloor Street Bike Lane Pilot Project.
- The Mavis Johnston Traffic Safety Award for Best Policy and Practice Presentation at the 2019 Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals conference for TCAT’s #BuildTheVisionTO and Active Neighbourhoods Canada community engagement work to improve road safety.
- A 2020 Clean50 Top Project award, which recognizes the 20 best sustainability projects completed in Canada in the previous two years, for TCAT’s Scarborough Cycles project.