Complete Streets Forum 2012 - Workshops

Bloor Street Transformation

Bloor Street, Toronto

Leader: Paul Kulig - Principal, regionalArchitects
Depart: Toronto Downtown
Date: Sunday April 22, 2012, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Maximum #: 20
No additional cost for registrants
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.

Completed in 2011, the Bloor Street Transformation represents the single largest per kilometer streetscape investment in Toronto’s history. Just over a kilometer in length, the street features 134 new London Plane trees, widened sidewalks and two scramble intersections. Serving some of highest pedestrian volumes in Canada, the design attempts to balance the sometimes competing needs of pedestrian, cyclists, motorists, valet parking and deliveries in a narrow corridor. While widely praised, the project was also the subject of some criticism for not incorporating dedicated bike lanes, and the unique public-private partnership that financed its construction.

This walking tour proposes to address these criticisms while also highlighting many of the unique elements of the street’s design, through the lens of the “Complete Streets on the Ground” theme. Topics for discussion will include the balance achieved between standardized and unique elements; the use of sharrows to accommodate cycling traffic; the scramble intersections at Bay and Yonge Streets; and the unique rain-water irrigation system feeding the extensive soil-cell network. The tour intends to focus on many of the technical details of assembling a street such as the tactile paving strips at curb-cuts; hydro-vault roof designs; minimum turning radii at side streets; left-hand turn lanes; cross-walk design; tree planting details; and the long-term maintenance of utilities.

Complete Streets Workshop: Laying the Foundation

Complete Streets Workshop

LeadersJohn LaPlante, P.E., PTOE - Vice President and Director of Traffic Engineering, T.Y. Lin International + Norma Moores, P. Eng. - Senior Transportation Engineer, IBI Group
Date: Monday April 23, 2012, 11:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Maximum #: 40
Additional cost for registrants: $50.00

TCAT is pleased to offer, in partnership with the National Complete Streets Coalition and the Association for Bicycle and Pedestrian Professionals (APBP), the first accredited Complete Streets Workshop to take place in Canada. The interactive workshop will Lay the Foundation for implementing the design and policy of complete streets for professionals, stakeholders, and advocates. 

Effectively implemented complete streets policies help communities routinely create safe, comfortable and convenient networks for everyone to travel regardless of age or ability - motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation riders. Learn from the National Complete Streets Coalition, founder of the complete streets movement, how to better balance the needs of all users, and develop and implement effective policies to create complete street networks.

The learning objectives of the workshop are to:

  1. Explore 10 elements of effective complete streets policies and consider examples of different types of policies adopted by jurisdictions at the municipal, regional, and state levels in Canada and the United States.
  2. Compare how traditional and complete streets designs use existing rights-of-way.
  3. Discuss typical performance measures and consider how to better gauge how well the transportation system serves all users of all ages and abilities.

Led by experienced professionals, John LaPlante and Norma Moores, the event will benefit:

  • Traffic engineering, public works, roadway design and maintenance staff
  • Transportation, land use, and community development planners
  • Health, bicycle, pedestrian, public transportation, and Safe Routes to School staff
  • Mayors and other elected and appointed officials at the city and county levels
  • Metropolitan planning organization and regional planning boards and staff
  • Stakeholders and advocates for older adults, people with disabilities, children, pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation riders, health, and the environment

The workshop will take place as a parallel conference track during the breakout sessions. Space is limited to 40 participants to ensure a hands-on educational experience.