After careful consideration, and in consultation with our major stakeholders, TCAT has decided not to hold a Complete Streets Forum in 2016. For eight consecutive years, TCAT has organized this successful and high-profile annual active transportation conference. Called “Bike Summit” in 2008 and 2009, it was renamed “Complete Streets Forum” in 2010, an influential event attracting hundreds of registrants and numerous sponsors. Each year, exit surveys show a high satisfaction rate and the Forum frequently sells out.
One of the real strengths of the Forum is how it brings people together from different sectors, a unique characteristic that makes it stand out from other professional conferences.
When TCAT organized its first Complete Streets Forum in 2010, Complete Streets was barely on the radar in Canada. Now, it’s a common concept being incorporated into Official Plans and Transportation Master Plans. Many cities, including Toronto, are also developing Complete Streets Guidelines. Even better, municipalities are moving from policy to action, and Complete Streets projects are now being built across the country.
We are so proud to be a part of this movement. We continue to see significant value in bringing people together to learn from each other and to build momentum for safe and accessible streets for all ages and abilities and all modes of transportation.
We are also committed to staying ahead of the curve in this fast-changing field and to providing the most relevant learning experience for participants. So, in 2016, we are taking a pause to reflect on what TCAT’s Forums have accomplished to date, and to consider what we can improve and change. We welcome your feedback and ideas as we build momentum toward our 2017 Forum.
In the meantime, please sign up for TCAT News to keep up to date with our other events and upcoming news and announcements. 2016 is our biggest and busiest year yet as we move forward on multiple fronts to advance knowledge and evidence to build support for safe and inclusive streets for walking and cycling.