On Oct 11, 2012, TCAT released its latest backgrounder, The Economic Impacts of Active Transportation. This backgrounder discusses some of the economic impacts related to walking and cycling within an urban environment, in terms of impacts on businesses and real estate, personal and public finances, and indirect impacts such as health and productivity.
A short promotional video of highlights from the Complete Streets Forum in 2011 organized by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT). Each year TCAT holds an active transportation forum (Bike Summit 2008 and 2009, Complete Streets Forum 2010 and 2011) in Toronto, Ontario Canada that is attended by hundreds of registrants. The video is edited by Chris Beaver with a soundtrack featuring an original song written and performed by the Canadian band The Geese.
Bikeways are facilities designated for use by bicycles that are designed to increase the safety and comfort of cyclists and make cycling a more attractive mode of transportation. Studies show that cycling facilities can greatly increase levels of bicycle commuting and that bike trips are more likely to be made where bikeways exist.
Complete Streets are safe, comfortable and convenient for travel by foot, bicycle, transit and automobile. Finding the right balance isn’t easy though and some streets work better than others. TCAT's Complete Streets walk highlights bicycle and pedestrian innovation in Toronto’s downtown core. Providing for cyclists and pedestrians are critical elements of complete streets.
In Nov 2009 the Landscape Architect Quarterly “Ground” published an article written by landscape architect and health promoter Paul Young describing some of the work underway between health professionals and planners to promote active transportation infrastructure through participatory processes, including the work of TCAT. The full article can be found on page 24.