Complete Streets Forum 2010 Pre-Conference Program: Apr 22, 2010

Schedule subject to change

9:30 am - 12:00 pm Mobile Workshop: St. George Street 15 Years Later

Eric Pedersen

John van Nostrand

St. George Street was one of the first examples of comprehensive traffic calming in the City of Toronto. In 1997 traffic lanes were reduced from four to two and the space was reallocated to bike lanes, trees, wider sidewalks, sidewalk bulbouts and new pedestrian crossings. As a result, speeding was reduced and traffic collisions decreased by 40% between 1997 and 2003. The consultants insisted on referring to the process as "re-balancing" of traffic in the city. The project has served as a model for psychological calming and there are important lessons to learn from it in terms of durability, maintenance and integration with the city. It is now referred to as "son of Bloor Street", the City's next major streetscape project. Please note: This workshop was limited to the first 20 registrants and is now full. Other interested registrants will be put on a waiting list and notified in the event of a cancellation.
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Community Event co-hosted with the Toronto Cyclists Union in the Music Room at Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto. Cost: $10 general admission, $5 for Toronto Cyclists Union members, and FREE for Complete Streets Forum registrants. Register on-line. Download the event flyer here.

Kaj Mook

Sean Wheldrake

Matthew Blackett (moderator)

Bike parking in Netherlands'Cycling integrated public transport in the Netherlands'

Kaj Mook, Director, NS OV-Fiets (Bike Share), Dutch Railways, is back by popular demand after speaking at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He will be delivering a public lecture as a special Complete Streets Forum pre-conference event.

NS OV-fiets (translation: "public transport bicycle") is a bike rental service available at all Dutch rail stations. Kaj is involved in spreading the Dutch cycling knowledge world wide as member of the Cycling.nl network of I-CE (Interface for Cycling Expertise). His aim is to make OV-fiets more professional and more popular, with more clients, more rental points and more rentals.

During his presentation, Kaj will provide an overview of the public transport rental bike system in the Netherlands, the history of its integration at rail stations, and the cycling facilities provided by the Dutch Railways. He will also provide some comparisons between cycling in the Netherlands and in Canada.

Last year, Toronto opened Canada’s first bicycle station at Union Station and is currently exploring options for launching and operating its own public bicycle system. If adopted by Council, this exciting initiative will result in hundreds of bikes available for public use in the downtown core. Sean Wheldrake, Project Lead, will provide an update on the status of Toronto's public bike system after Mr Mook's presentation.

Q&A moderated by Matthew Blackett.