Mission & History

TCAT has a vision of vibrant cities with clean air, a healthy population, and a transportation system that prioritizes walking and cycling. Our work advances 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 History 2006-2016


The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) was formed in 2006 to give a unified voice to the many groups working for a better cycling and pedestrian environment in Toronto.

TCAT has worked closely with the Clean Air Partnership (CAP) since its inception, became a project of CAP in 2008, and now guides the active transportation programming at CAP. Since becoming a project of CAP, TCAT evolved from a grassroots advocacy group and is now a respected leader in active transportation research, policy, and educational programming. As a result, in 2011 TCAT celebrated its fifth birthday by changing its name from the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation to the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation.

In 2008, TCAT won the “Group of the Year” community award by ibikeTO at the Toronto Bike Awards.

In 2010, TCAT Director Nancy Smith Lea was awarded a Vital People grant from the Vital Toronto Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation for “Putting active transportation on the map“. The Vital People grant program supports and recognizes leaders who are making outstanding contributions working at non-profit organizations.

In 2016, TCAT Director Nancy Smith Lea was featured in Spacing magazine as one of “12  extraordinary Toronto women who are changing the city’s public realm. These profiles highlight their amazing city-building work while tackling the challenges of working in a traditionally male-dominated profession.” Nancy and Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati, Acting Director, Transportation Infrastructure Management at the City of Toronto were profiled together as “Safer Streets Crusaders”.