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.
University of Toronto Cities Centre is organizing "Toronto Talks Mobility", a two-day free public gathering of transportation experts, activists, politicians, and citizens to kick-start a campaign for transportation solutions for the greater Toronto and Hamilton area.
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.
As a part of the Toronto in Question Lecture Series at University of Toronto Cities Centre, speakers Steve Munro and Eric Miller will discuss congestion. The lecture is happening Tuesday October 25, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the John H. Daniels Faculty 230 College Street, Room 103. For more information, see here.
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.
With New York City announcing a bikeshare program in 2012 and doctors in both New York and Ontario issuing statements about the many health benefits of active transportation, cycling to work is on the rise.
Bikeways are facilities designated for use by bicycles that are designed to increase the safety and comfort of cyclists and make cycling a more attractive mode of transportation. Studies show that cycling facilities can greatly increase levels of bicycle commuting and that bike trips are more likely to be made where bikeways exist.
Highlights from a TCAT report released in 2010 comparing the performance of active transportation in Toronto against other cities in Canada, the United States and Europe using key indicators as benchmarks. This paper was presented at the Walk 21 Conference in Vancouver, BC on October 4, 2011 and published in their proceedings.
A self-guided walk developed by TCAT's Neluka Leanage and Nancy Smith Lea has recently been selected to be included in the City of Toronto Self-Guided Walking Tour Database. A self-guided walking tour is a walking tour without a guide, a fee, or a set date or time. It is an opportunity for an individual or group of friends to explore the city at their own pace while learning about their surroundings.
On September 12, 2011 the Toronto and East York Community Council recommended that two pedestrian zones - one on Gould and Victoria Streets at Ryerson University, and one on Willcocks Street at the University of Toronto - be temporarily extended for an additional six months, to enable staff to report back on proposed permanent closures, with ongoing operation, maintenance and programming during the temporary extension at no cost to the taxpayer.