February 14, 2013

February 14, 2013

Reminder: Complete Streets Forum Call for Proposals Deadline March 8The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) and Share the Road Cycling Coalition (STR) are teaming up to bring you three days of inspiration and best in class strategies to transform your community. Whether you are facing a design conundrum; looking for ways to conquer barriers to active school travel; or looking for assistance with effective outreach and marketing strategies, successful safety campaigns, and the latest in travel and tourism ideas, this event is for you! We’ll be bringing you captivating speakers and innovative ideas in this not to be missed annual event.

TCAT and STR recently issued a joint call for proposals looking for speakers to share their insight and expertise at the Complete Streets Forum and Ontario Bike Summit May 27th-29th, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Toronto.

TCAT is looking for many different types of contributions that are relevant to our three main conference themes and that will help accelerate the implementation of Complete Streets. Putting Complete Streets into practice requires a joint effort between many different stakeholders. To ensure a comprehensive and balanced program, we are seeking speakers and participants from all related sectors including planners, transportation officials, public health professionals, engineers, urban designers, architects, accessibility and mobility experts, public transit professionals, advocates, and more. Proposals should be evidence-based and relate to the planning, design, engineering, research, evaluation, or economics of Complete Streets.

The deadline for submissions is March 8, 2013 at 5 p.m. More information about the Forum, this year's themes, and the process to submit a proposal is available online.


Recruiting Event Coordinator Intern
TCAT is seeking a highly motivated volunteer Event Coordinator, for TCAT's 2013 Complete Streets Forum, for a contract period from March 2013 to May 2013.

The internship will require 2-3 days/week, or 16-24 hours/week at the TCAT office located at 75 Elizabeth Street, Toronto.

The intern will work closely with the TCAT Director to organize and support this high-profile important event by developing an event plan, organizing logistics, and assisting with various aspects of the event.

The full listing can be found here.

Please submit applications to info@tcat.ca with the subject heading "Complete Streets Forum Event Coordinator Internship" by February 15, 2013.

Complete Streets for Ottawa
Ryan Anders Whitney, TCAT Complete Streets Manager and CLASP Facilitator, will be in Ottawa on Tuesday, March 26 for an event organized by Ecology Ottawa and the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa’s Bike Co-op's Complete Streets Event. The event will take place at 5:30 pm at the University of Ottawa and is free to the public. 

Ottawa is currently completing a review of five official planning documents, including the Official Plan, and has identified Complete Streets as one of fourteen principles to guide the review. Ryan's presentation will discuss how a Complete Streets policy can direct Ottawa's planners and engineers to create streets that work for all users at this key moment in the City's planning history. 

RSVPs will be required; watch the Ecology Ottawa website for more information. More information about TCAT speaking engagements here.

Clean Air Council transportation meeting Feb 22
The Greater Toronto Area Clean Air Council is holding a transportation themed meeting on Friday Feb 22, 10-11:30 a.m.

Presentations will include:

  • David Beitel, Eco-Counter: Using Data from Automatic Cycle Traffic Counters Best Practices from Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa
  • Scott Weichenthal, Health Canada: Cycling Route and Pollutant Exposure Mapping
  • Mitzi Hunter, Civic Action: www.your32.com and Regional Transportation Initiatives

If you would like to join the meeting via webinar or would like to have access to the online recordings of the presentations please register here.

Feeling Congested? Public Input Opportunity
The City of Toronto has launched a website and public consultation program to discuss the importance of a comprehensive transportation system to the future of Toronto.

The website invites users to learn about the quality of life and economic concerns posed by worsening congestion, and asks for public input that will inform the City's Official Plan review and new Transportation Plan.

Until March 15, participants have the opportunity to provide their input interactively online, with a chance to win a variety of prizes.

Visit the feelingcongested.ca to participate and learn more.


News Links

  • "How economic growth sold Portland landlords on a bikeway" [People for Bikes]
  • "The link between kids who walk or bike to school and concentration" [Atlantic Cities]
  • "The city state: How urban design affects our health" [The Globe and Mail]
  • "Study: People Who Bike or Walk to Work Enjoy Their Commutes the Most" [Streets Blog Network]
  • "Cycling in the city: Toronto employers peddle incentives to bike to work" [Toronto Star]