Site Planning and Resident Engagement
The City of Toronto’s Ten Year Cycling Network Plan, adopted in 2016, includes the development of a Bicycle Parking Strategy to increase supply of bicycle parking throughout the City, prioritizing areas of highest need. One such area of high need is at Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) apartment towers. In 2017-2018 the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services conducted a bicycle parking pilot at three TCHC buildings. The study found high support for adding bicycle parking, and well used racks. Buildings differ greatly in how and where bicycle parking can be placed to meet resident needs. In 2019 and 2020, with funding provided through the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program, the City and TCHC will install additional bicycle parking at TCHC apartment towers. The Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) will assist the City and TCHC, on a project titled Site Planning and Resident Engagement for Bike Parking at Toronto Community Housing Apartment Towers, by developing a systematic approach to identifying areas of highest need in order to achieve a sustainable, efficient and fair method for installing bicycle parking in both the short- and long-term. Due to the available funds, the shortage of bike parking at all TCHC buildings, and the high volume of TCHC buildings, a high-priority short list will be established for installation in 2019/20. TCHC management and resident communities will be engaged to ensure their knowledge and needs are embedded in the bicycle parking installations.