The Chief Coroner of Ontario is conducting two separate reviews into cycling and pedestrian deaths across the province. The deadline for comments or recommendations from the general public is Nov 30th for the cycling review and December 15th for the pedestrian review panel.
Ryan Whitney, the Complete Streets Researcher and Program Manager here at TCAT, has been busy establishing the methods for the Complete Streets Gap Analysis due to be completed in mid-January 2012. The Gap Analysis will provide a comprehensive overview of Complete Streets policy language, or similar policy language, in Ontario as well as barriers to implementing these policies. The research will also include a Case Studies section that will profile several exceptional communities across the province working towards Complete Streets.
Why are mobility pricing measures a contentious issue? Even though a recent poll found that most GTA residents support a downtown congestion charge, building consensus for new road tolls is no easy task. Yet this month there is not one but two stellar events focused on how to pay for the mobility solutions we need in Toronto and the rest of the GTA.
A recent study by two University of Cincinnati professors, Rainer vom Hofe and Olivier Parent, has shown the importance of bike trails to increasing property values. The study focused on the Little Miami Scenic Trail which cuts across the Cincinnati metropolitan region in Ohio, and found that real estate value increased by $9 every foot closer to the trail. These trails also have a positive spillover effect for local governments by increasing property taxes.
The Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation has released a paper that examines the implications of sustained government investment in developing public transit infrastructure. This paper brings to light the fact that Canada is the only G7 economy that does not provide dedicated funding for municipal public transit systems. The goal of the paper is to call for the development of a national policy framework for public transit.
Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT Director, took part in a roundtable last summer hosted by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA). The topic was the challenges of rethinking the definition of green infrastructure and incorporating sustainable systems into built projects.
As recently reported in Novae Res Urbis (NRU), Halton region (including Oakville, Burlington, and Milton) recently approved a new transportation master plan that prioritizes transportation choice and maximizes the use of transit and other alternatives to the single occupant vehicle.
Each year, the Toronto Community Foundation (TCF) releases its Vital Signs report that tracks over time several different indicators of Toronto's quality of life, including transportation. In the recently released 2011 report, TCF reports that chronic underinvestment in transportation is threatening Toronto's global competitiveness.
TCAT is pleased to release a backgrounder on five different bikeway options currently in use or under consideration by the City of Toronto. Under the direction of the TCAT Director and Steering Committee, this backgrounder was developed by Jessica Stronghill, TCAT's newest volunteer.