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. True to his word and wasting no time in getting started, in the week following the Forum Fiona Chapman, Manager of Pedestrian Projects in the Public Realm Section announced that her office had begun to work closely with other divisional partners to develop a Complete Streets policy for the City of Toronto.
Other GTA municipalities have also made a recent commitment to examine adopting Complete Streets policies. On June 2nd, Clean Air Partnership’s GTA Clean Air Council will host the 2010 Clean Air and Climate Change Summit: Moving from Words to Actions. Among the 2010 Actions in the 2010 GTA-CAC Inter-governmental Declaration on Clean Air & Climate Change is action number 3.6:
Develop a Complete Streets Community of Practice that will work collaboratively to identify and implement strategies designed and operated to enable safe, attractive, and comfortable access and travel for all users.