Excitement is building at TCAT for the 2013 Complete Streets Forum, our sixth annual active transportation conference. The conference will take place on May 27, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Toronto. The Share the Road Cycling Coalition Ontario Bike Summit 2013 will take place on May 28-29th at the same location. We are pleased to offer joint registration for both conferences at a discounted rate.
On April 10, 2013 Toronto' Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) approved the recommendation to develop Complete Streets Guidelines for Toronto. The full wording of the recommendation can be found here.
BikeMonth2013.ca is now live! Bike Month kicks off on Monday, May 27th and continues until the end of June with hundreds of interesting and fun things to do, including rides, guided bike tours, festivals, art shows, film screenings, and more. Post your Bike Month event by April 30 to appear in the Toronto print calendar.
Ryan Anders Whitney, TCAT's Complete Streets Researcher and CLASP Facilitator, has submitted Complete Streets for Canada for a Cycling Visionary Award. The purpose of the award is to provide support to attend the 2013 Velo-City Conference in Vienna from June 11-14, 2013.
Winning an award is dependent on votes so please consider voting for Complete Streets for Canada here!
A major study of transportation operations in the downtown core is underway.
The purpose of the Downtown Transportation Operations Study is to look at ways to improve mobility and safety in the downtown core. The study also aims to highlight solutions that support all user groups, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, drivers and those involved in moving goods across the city.
The study area is roughly bounded by Queen, Bathurst, Jarvis and Lakeshore.
The Transportation Research Board recently released a paper outlining the results of a study of the preferences of pedestrians, drivers, cyclists, and transit users in terms of roadway design features.
Ryan Anders Whitney, TCAT Complete Streets Manager and CLASP Facilitator, will be in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 26 for an event organized by Ecology Ottawa and the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa’s Bike Co-op's Complete Streets Event. The event will take place at 5:30 pm at the University of Ottawa and is free to the public.
The City of Toronto has launched a website and public consultation program to discuss the importance of a comprehensive transportation system to the future of Toronto. The website invites users to learn about the quality of life and economic concerns posed by worsening congestion, and asks for public input that will inform the City's Official Plan review and new Transportation Plan. Until March 15, participants have the opportunity to provide their input interactively online, with a chance to win a variety of prizes.
On Jan 29, 2013 TCAT made a submission to MTO in response to its draft Cycling Strategy. We begin our comments by describing two key issues that are not currently addressed in the draft strategy – 1) the need for targets to measure success, and 2) the need for a province-wide Complete Streets policy. We then provide specific feedback to the Cycling Strategy document released Nov 30, 2012. Read our full submission here.