Complete Streets Forum 2012 - Event Sold Out, Register for Webcasts
Due to overwhelming demand, the Complete Streets Forum taking place on Monday April 23, 2012 at Evergreen Brick Works has reached capacity. If you would like to be put on a waiting list in case any spots open up, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
However that doesn't mean missing out entirely. TCAT is pleased to announce a live webcast of the keynote speeches. You will be able to listen to and ask questions about presentations from Gary Toth, John LaPlante, Dr. David McKeown, Dr. David Mowat, and Dan Burden. See below for more information and to register for lectures either individually or as a package.
There are also still spots available at the Share the Road Ontario Bike Summit taking place on April 24-25 at the Hyatt Regency Toronto, please register on the Share the Road website. If you have registered for TCAT's Complete Streets Forum, including the webcast, you will receive a discounted rate of $25 off per day. Contact email@example.com for more information.
The following Complete Streets Forum keynote lectures will be webcast:
Gary Toth, Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces
Complete Streets has done more to influence needed policy change in the transportation world than any other single movement. It has been an amazing program that sets the table for communities to reframe their future around people, not just cars. To reach its fullest potential, communities and advocates need to understand the difference between Complete Streets and Complete Systems, and also how to use Placemaking and Land Use planning to go beyond the engineering foundation provided by Complete Streets and create truly walkable communities.
John N. LaPlante, P.E., PTOE, Vice President and Director of Traffic Engineering, T.Y. Lin International
The goals of the morning plenary presentation are to bring together diverse agency staff, advocates and other stakeholders from across the region to:
- Build a common understanding of the complete streets concept and approach
- Explore how complete streets policies can help achieve multiple transportation, health and community goals
- Present examples of the types of complete streets polices
2. Improving Health through Active Transportation (1:45-2:40 pm)
Dr. McKeown will speak to the health impacts of walking and cycling in urban areas. Specifically, he will present evidence from a new public health report that explores walking and cycling patterns across the City of Toronto, quantifies the health benefits of active transportation in Toronto and investigates the costs of collisions and injuries. The presentation will include strategies for increasing the safety and use of active transportation across Toronto.
Place Matters. The ways in which our communities have been designed and built have changed our world… and our health. Peel Region is a rapidly growing jurisdiction within the Greater Toronto Area with a population of 1.3 million. Auto-oriented low-density development has been a widespread trend in Peel for the last 10 or more years. Creating health-promoting built environments that encourage physical activity is challenging because the path is unpaved, and the levers to address the issue lie within several sectors, such as transportation, development and urban planning.
In collaboration with Peel Planning, Peel Public Health has been working to develop health-based rationale to consistently guide planning decisions, develop benchmarks and standards to evaluate the health-promoting potential of land use, and incorporate language into Official Plan policy that recognizes the relationship between planning and health.
Dr. Mowat will highlight recent accomplishments achieved through partnership including: the Healthy Development Index, Health Background Study and Active Transportation Plan. Through the forging of unconventional partnerships, and tailored policy development, Peel Health is paving the way for major strides in chronic disease control in Ontario.
3. Walking Audits: Lessons, Best Practices, and Effecting Change (4:00-4:45 pm)
Dan Burden, Executive Director and co-founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute.
Having worked in over 3,500 communities and led over 4,000 walking audits throughout North America, Dan Burden is both the inventor of the walking audit and the “Johnny Appleseed” of walkability. He is currently a senior urban designer and executive director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, and previously co-founded Walkable Communities and the Bicycle Federation of America. Join Dan Burden as he discusses lessons learned from walking audits—also known as a “walking workshop” — and the discoveries he has made about complete streets. Dan will provide best practices for streetscapes, urban development, infill, public spaces, parking and traffic management. Additionally, Dan will share ideas of how to effect change at the program, policy, project and personal levels.
4. All Keynotes (9:25-10:45 am; 1:45-2:40 pm & 4:00-4:45 pm)