Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities must be able to safely move along and across a complete street. But what does a complete street actually look like? We are looking for feedback from a wide range of people including engineers, planners, urban designers, architects, and community members.
We are pleased to announce that TCAT has changed its name to TCAT! That's right, the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation is now the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation. Read on to find out more about the reasons behind this change. Download the full press release here.
Planning for TCAT's fifth annual Complete Streets Forum in 2012 has begun! We are pleased to announce that Caroline Schutrumpf is TCAT's new Communications + Events Coordinator. With a MA in landscape architecture and years of experience organizing public workshops, communication and graphic design, and building engagement with social media, Caroline will add a breadth of skills and a fresh approach to the Forum. We are happy to have her join our team.
The Clean Air Partnership is looking for a qualified web developer/ IT services on behalf of TCAT. Please help us find the best person or firm for the job by circulating to your networks. Applications must be submitted electronically to email@example.com by December 9th.
Please support TCAT's effort to centralize the Complete Streets movement in Ontario and Canada by providing the following information to Ryan Whitney, Complete Streets Researcher and Project Manager at TCAT by Dec 10th. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Tel: (416) 392-0260.
The Chief Coroner of Ontario is conducting two separate reviews into cycling and pedestrian deaths across the province. The deadline for comments or recommendations from the general public is Nov 30th for the cycling review and December 15th for the pedestrian review panel.
On October 24, 2011, the Chief Coroner of Ontario announced it will be conducting an investigation to review cycling deaths in Ontario. The review will be led by Dr. Dan Cass, Regional Supervising Coroner - Toronto West Region, and will include deaths from 2006 to 2010. The purpose of the review is to identify common factors that may have played a role in the deaths, and where possible, to make recommendations to prevent similar deaths.
Ryan Whitney, the Complete Streets Researcher and Program Manager here at TCAT, has been busy establishing the methods for the Complete Streets Gap Analysis due to be completed in mid-January 2012. The Gap Analysis will provide a comprehensive overview of Complete Streets policy language, or similar policy language, in Ontario as well as barriers to implementing these policies. The research will also include a Case Studies section that will profile several exceptional communities across the province working towards Complete Streets.
Why are mobility pricing measures a contentious issue? Even though a recent poll found that most GTA residents support a downtown congestion charge, building consensus for new road tolls is no easy task. Yet this month there is not one but two stellar events focused on how to pay for the mobility solutions we need in Toronto and the rest of the GTA.
Robert Imrie, Professor of Geography at King's College London, will be in Toronto to give a lecture titled "Designing for Complete Streets: the inter-relationships between vision-impairment and space sharing". The talk will be happening on Nov 23rd from 12 to 1pm at the University of Toronto, Rehabilitation Sciences building. See here for details.
A recent study by two University of Cincinnati professors, Rainer vom Hofe and Olivier Parent, has shown the importance of bike trails to increasing property values. The study focused on the Little Miami Scenic Trail which cuts across the Cincinnati metropolitan region in Ohio, and found that real estate value increased by $9 every foot closer to the trail. These trails also have a positive spillover effect for local governments by increasing property taxes.
The Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation has released a paper that examines the implications of sustained government investment in developing public transit infrastructure. This paper brings to light the fact that Canada is the only G7 economy that does not provide dedicated funding for municipal public transit systems. The goal of the paper is to call for the development of a national policy framework for public transit.
Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT Director, took part in a roundtable last summer hosted by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA). The topic was the challenges of rethinking the definition of green infrastructure and incorporating sustainable systems into built projects.
As recently reported in Novae Res Urbis (NRU), Halton region (including Oakville, Burlington, and Milton) recently approved a new transportation master plan that prioritizes transportation choice and maximizes the use of transit and other alternatives to the single occupant vehicle.
University of Toronto Cities Centre is organizing "Toronto Talks Mobility", a two-day free public gathering of transportation experts, activists, politicians, and citizens to kick-start a campaign for transportation solutions for the greater Toronto and Hamilton area.
Each year, the Toronto Community Foundation (TCF) releases its Vital Signs report that tracks over time several different indicators of Toronto's quality of life, including transportation. In the recently released 2011 report, TCF reports that chronic underinvestment in transportation is threatening Toronto's global competitiveness.