The City of Toronto is proposing to widen St. Clair Avenue West between Cobalt Avenue and Mondovi Gate. Widening roads is not good city building. Almost always motivated by concern over traffic, it does nothing to reduce traffic. In the long run, in fact, widening roads increases traffic. (source: Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck)
If you live in the area, please consider attending the meeting to find out more and to ensure that your views are properly represented.
The City of Toronto is undertaking an environmental assessment to present the results of alternative options to improve safety and operations for the Gardiner Expressway at Kipling Ave. and Islington Ave. Highway interchanges are especially challenging for active transportation and require vigilance in order to properly accommodate cyclists and pedestrians safely and comfortably.
Date: Thursday April 23, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 110 Jutland Rd. (near Islington Ave. and The Queensway)
On Wednesday, April 29 at 12-1:30 pm. the Federation of Canadian Municipalities is hosting a webinar featuring municipal staff and community non-profit representatives who will share their experience developing effective partnerships and planning, implementing and promoting sustainable transportation in a rural Ontario setting. More info here.
TCAT welcomes Bikes Without Borders, the most recent organization to join our growing list of supporters. Bikes Without Borders is an inspiring new organization using bikes and bike-related solutions as a tool for development in marginalized communities. Bikes Without Borders is currently working on a project to provide HIV/AIDS workers in Malawi with new bikes and bicycle ambulances. To raise money for this worthwhile project, they are holding an event on the Toronto Islands on May 30.
Policy-makers are facing demands to meet the changing mobility needs of citizens in ways which are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. The German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) Sustainable Urban Transport Project and the Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-Ce) have joined efforts in the development of a training document entitled "Cycling-inclusive Policy Development: A Handbook". It has been written by 12 authors who are experts in different fields of cycling-inclusive development.
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Recent TCAT activities and news items:
Two Weekends with the Alliance for Biking and Walking a Great Success!
Bike Lanes, On-Street Parking and Business Webinar recording now available on-line
The Clean Air Partnership's research report titled Bike Lanes, On-Street Parking and Business was the subject of a recent webinar. For anyone who missed Fred Sztabinski's excellent presentation, the recording is now available online.
The City of Toronto is undertaking an environmental assessment to determine the preferred option and preliminary design details for a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the railway corridors near Fort York, intended to improve connections between the city, Fort York and the waterfront. The public is invited to attend the first of two Public Information Centre Meetings, to learn more about what is being considered, information on work completed to date, and next steps.
Waterfront Toronto recently held public consultations to reveal the plans for the redesign of Queen's Quay. What is particularly exciting is that the plans call for two traffic lanes to be removed and to be replaced by wide pedestrian boulevards and a continuous off-street Martin Goodman Trail, completing the Lake Ontario Trail.
Walk and Bike for Life has invited Janette Sadik-Khan, the NYC Commissioner of Transportation to come on April 22nd to speak to GTA decision makers, staff, organizational representatives, and citizens. Their first event will be held in Toronto at 11 am in collaboration with the Canadian Urban Institute, and the second event will be held in Port Credit, Mississauga at 7pm.
Roncesvalles will be reconstructed in 2009-10 and the community is actively involved in debating how to best balance the needs of everyone who uses the street. To find out more about the design proposals being considered and to comment on how to best incorporate walking and cycling into the process, go here.
Research report published by the Clean Air Partnership in February 2009 shows that removing on-street parking to install a bicycle lane or widened sidewalk would likely increase not decrease commercial activity.
Nancy Smith Lea has taken on new responsibilities at the Clean Air Partnership (CAP) with her recent appointment as CAP's Director of Active Transportation. In her new role she will continue to lead TCAT as TCAT's Program Director.
Waterfront Toronto, TTC and the City of Toronto have undertaken comprehensive Environmental Assessments to revitalize Queen's Quay from Parliament Street to Lower Spadina Avenue which includes completing the Martin Goodman Trail through the central waterfront. At tonight's public meeting the plans of the recommended preferred designs will be on display and team members will be available for one-on-one discussions.
The Canadian Urban Institute, in collaboration with Walk & Bike for Life, presents a special Urban Leadership Luncheon Session: Mobility at the Human Scale: Planning for Active Transportation. Janette Sadik-Khan is making walking, cycling, and public transportation serious priorities for New York City. In office since 2007, Sadik-Khan has already graced New York City's streets with pedestrian plazas, physically separated bicycle lanes, and dedicated bus lanes, as well as organizing the wildly successful car free “Summer Streets” program.