Complete Streets are streets that are safe for everyone: people who walk, bicycle, take transit, or drive, and people of all ages and abilities. Since 2009, TCAT has played a leadership role in Canada to build momentum and focus community and government interest in Complete Streets.
In 2012, TCAT launched the Complete Streets for Canada website which is a “go-to” hub for Complete Streets policy, design, case studies, and research. The website provides the necessary knowledge base and policy framework for municipalities to move toward streets that provide equitable access to all modes of travel. With the help of student interns and volunteers, TCAT continues to track, document, and research Complete Streets policy and best practice across the country. In addition to the website, TCAT has taken on a range of other Complete Streets projects:
- Between 2010 and 2015, TCAT hosted six international Complete Streets Forums, bringing together Complete Streets experts and practitioners.
- In 2013, TCAT worked on a team commissioned by Toronto Public Health to identify and assess published evidence for how specific street design choices influence health outcomes. This work influenced the development of Toronto’s Complete Streets Guidelines and TCAT Director Nancy Smith Lea was on the City of Toronto’s Complete Street Guidelines Stakeholder Advisory Committee (2015-2016).
- TCAT led the development of a series of research publications about Complete Streets including Complete Street Transformations (2016), Complete Streets Catalogue & Evaluation Tool (2015), and Complete Streets by Design (2012).
- In 2015, TCAT was commissioned by the Grey Bruce Health Unit to develop a Complete Streets Policy & Implementation Guide for Grey and Bruce Counties.
- In 2018, TCAT released the Complete Streets Game 2.0 (the beta version was released in 2013), a fun, interactive capacity-building workshop tool that helps groups understand the size and scale of different modes of transportation and work collaboratively to re-imagine their local street as a Complete Street.