June 27, 2012
Recent TCAT activities and news items:
- Complete Streets Forum 2012 - Summary Report
- TCAT at Velo-City conference
- Active Transportation Internship opportunity
- Cycling Death Review - Coroner's Report Released
- MOVE Transportation Expo opens June 30
- Wellesley St. and Hoskin Ave. Bike Lane Upgrades - Open House tonight!
1. Complete Streets Forum 2012 - Summary Report
2. TCAT at Velo-City conference
TCAT is well represented at Velo-city Global 2012, the world's premier international cycling planning conference, taking place in Vancouver right now. On Friday June 29th at 1:30 p.m., Ryan Whitney will be discussing the results of his gap analysis research in a presentation titled "Complete Streets in Ontario and Beyond: Context, Centralization, and Barriers to Implementation in the Canadian Context".
Ryan reports that the message to date at the conference has been strong and consistent: to create change for cycling we need strong and passionate political leaders and an actively engaged public to support change. TCAT steering committee members Chris Hardwicke and Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati are also presenting and Jacquelyn is posting updates on twitter as are many conference-goers.
3. Active Transportation Internship opportunity
Clean Air Partnership is seeking an Active Transportation Intern who will:
- Undertake a literature review of reports identifying the costs and benefits of active transportation and addressing the business case for the public health benefits for active transportation;
- Summarize the key lessons learned and findings of the above reports;
- Identify and document the health care costs associated with reduced physical activity and obesity highlighted in the report; and
- Identify general costs associated with various forms of active transportation infrastructure.
The intern can be accommodated by a full time position for the summer months (July and August) and/or part-time (continuing into the fall of 2012). This intern position will be compensated by honorarium.
4. Cycling Death Review - Coroner's Report Released
5. MOVE Transportation Expo opens June 30
In the months leading up the Expo, Evergreen staff posed 10 regionally-based transportation challenges to leading innovators and experts who were asked to share their ideas in a series of brainstorming sessions, or “charrettes”. TCAT staff and steering committee members were invited to participate in three of the challenges: Shared Spaces, Energyway, and Boom or Bust.
An ingenious part of the exhibit is Month in a Car, where a student has agreed to spend a month in a car. With an average car commute of 80 minutes on average per day, this live demonstration represents the entire month (!) that many Torontonians spend in their car each year.
6. Wellesley St. and Hoskin Ave. Bike Lane Upgrades - Open House tonight!
Cycle Toronto (formerly the Toronto Cyclists Union) encourages you to attend a community meeting regarding the Wellesley-Hoskin bike track project, on Wednesday June 27th from 6-8:00 pm at 444 Sherbourne St. This public open house will provide an opportunity to discuss the project, provide input on the development of the roadway, and review the designs for improved bike lanes. Information about this project is available on the City of Toronto's website, while details about the open house, including other ways to provide input if you cannot attend, are found in the meeting notice.