To continue with its consultation process, the City is hosting three
open houses over the next couple of weeks to present its work to date
and to hear more on how members of the public think that Toronto can be
made more walkable.
Following on last week's special notice TCAT News e-Bulletin, TCAT is happy to announce an exciting project we've been working on over the past few months. With some help from our dedicated volunteers, the TCAT Steering Committee, and our sponsors, we have been able to plan an exciting one-day bicycle policy forum. The date is fast approaching, so check the Summit web page for updates on speakers and venue, and for registration details. We hope you'll be able to join us on April 25th!
This questionnaire was designed to find out how
you feel about traffic issues in Toronto, and the Toronto Police
response to these issues. Your answers will be strictly confidential
and your participation is appreciated.
For those in the Scarlett Road / Dundas Street West / St. Clair Avenue West area of Toronto, the City has completed its Environmental Assessment to "address existing traffic safety and operational concerns and long term mobility needs" at this complicated and potentially dangerous interchange.
The recommended design includes two lanes in either direction with a bike lane on Scarlett Road.
This past Saturday, TCAT and the City of Toronto jointly hosted the Walk21 Community Conference. This was a day of encore presentations by some local presenters from the Walk21 Conference this past October. During the one-day, free community conference, presenters made the connections between walking and health, streetscapes, active transportation, urban design, literature and more.
Complete Streets policies and legislations are much further ahead in the US than they are in Canada. The concept requires that governments design and construct only streets that accommodate the safety of ALL road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and the disabled. For more information on the movement, visit the National Complete Streets Coalition's web site by clicking here
More news out of the United Kingdom: The federal government has launched a program to develop a world-class 'cycling city'. The Canadian Government is currently consulting, researching, and developing its active transportation strategy. Pursuing and supporting a Canadian Cycling City could be a great initiative to showcase and help lead other Canadian cities.
Following months of follow-up work, TCAT finally has a response from the TTC regarding our recommendations that they consider the needs of cyclists and pedestrians early on in the planning and design work for Toronto's new rapid transit corridors. The idea is to avoid a situation similar to that of the St. Clair Right of Way project, where active transportation users were forced to advocate for their needs as an afterthought to the project.