Associate Professor & Progam Director, Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto
Recipient of TCAT’s 2011 Active Transportation Champion Award
Last night at the City of Toronto’s Bicycle Friendly Business awards, Nancy Smith Lea was pleased to present TCAT’s third annual Active Transportation Champion award to Professor Paul Hess. This award is for an individual or organization that has worked to raise the profile of cycling or walking and its relationship to a high quality of urban life.
- The hard-hitting comprehensive report he co-authored in 2006 titled Making Toronto’s Streets that laid bare what happens behind the scenes at City Hall resuling in our car-dominated streets. The report was researched and written in close collaboration with pedestrian advocates Janice Etter and Rhona Swarbrick who were instrumental in Toronto adopting the first pedestrian charter in North America.
- His role as an advisor on TCAT’s Bike Lanes, On-Street Parking and Business reports to assess business and community support for reallocating space on Bloor Street to bike lanes or widened sidewalks.
- His close working relationship with Jane’s Walk resulting in several excellent research studies about walkability in suburban high-rise neighbourhoods.