The City of Toronto has been working towards a bicycle parking study. Throughout 2013, Transportation Services will increase bicycle parking on Queen Street West between Bathurst St. and Dufferin St. by approximately 30%. The new parking will include types of parking infrastructure that are new to Toronto, such as multi-bike racks and on-street corrals. The various types will be tested and evaluated, and lessons from this study will be used while planning future projects elsewhere in the city.
The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), a project of the registered charity Clean Air Partnership (CAP), is seeking an Active Neighbourhoods Project Manager to lead the development and implementation of a multi-year active transportation community urban planning process in four communities across Ontario.
TCAT is pleased to release a summary report of our sixth annual Complete Streets Forum 2013 that took place on May 27, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto. The Forum brought together delegates from diverse sectors to share research, best practices, tools and creative solutions to accelerate the adoption of Complete Streets.
TCAT and Dr. Paul Hess at the University of Toronto are currently working together on a research project that seeks to understand implementation barriers to building communities that encourage walking and cycling in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) in accordance with provincial and local policy. Initial research suggests that implementation has yet to catch up with higher-level policies and plans.
TCAT's online presence is an important part of our mission to advance knowledge and evidence to build support for safe and inclusive streets for walking and cycling. We're about to revamp our website, and want your feedback.
Several recent Complete Streets initiatives have taken place in Hamilton, Ontario. In June, for example, the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton held a discussion about the draft Complete Streets Policy for the city, to be considered by City Council in September.
Throughout the month of August, the Alliance for Walking and Cycling invites you to enter the “Biking and Walking Summer Celebration” photo contest. The contest seeks photos that capture the spirit of walking and cycling in summer. For details, submission instructions, and contest rules, visit the Alliance for Walking and Cycling website.
On June 26, 2013 the Public Health Agency of Canada announced an investment of close to $13 million dollars in nine pan-Canadian projects that will take action to reduce barriers to healthy weights by addressing underlying environmental, social, demographic and economic issues.
TCAT regularly makes submissions with various committees at Toronto City Hall when they consider matters related to active transportation. Several important issues have been on the agenda over the past month, and these new submissions are now available on the TCAT website:
On July 9, 2013 TCAT made a submission to the Toronto Board of Health (TPH) in support of their report titled "Active Transportation Demonstration Projects". TCAT is currently leading the community engagement on two of the four sites (Black Creek and the Annex) identified in the report.
On July 9, 2013 TCAT made a joint submission with Cycle Toronto to the Toronto Board of Health in response to their report titled "Improving Safety for Bicycle Commuters in Toronto." The leter fully endorses the seven recommendations from the Medical Officer of Health and provides four additional recommendations to further increase the safety of cyclists.
On June 18, 2013 TCAT made a submission to the Toronto Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in response to a proposal to resume the Environmental Assessment study for the installation of bike lanes on Bloor Street West. The letter includes a list of nine reasons to support the motion. Read our full submission here.