A special offer for TCAT News subscribers: Mia Birk’s new book, Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, can be purchased from TCAT for only $20! Joyride proceeds go to support non-profit groups that are helping to create active communities. She has offered 40 books to TCAT at cost.
Kim Bergeron, a PhD Candidate at Queen's University, is conducting a "research study to utilize the concept mapping process to empirically and conceptually formulate a joint land-use planning and public health framework to enhance the design of active communities."
A big "thank you!" to a kind supporter named Stewart who surprised us by donating his $60 personal vehicle tax refund to TCAT. His donation was accompanied by a simple message: "I thought you folks could use the $60 more than I could. Maybe you'd like to ask others to do the same?"
We are very excited to announce some of the world's foremost authorities on active transportation as keynote speakers for TCAT's 2011 Complete Streets Forum. Our guests are respected and accomplished leaders who have made great things happen in their communities for pedestrians and cyclists – and in doing so, helped make their cities healthy, livable, and vibrant.
Save the date for the Forum (April 28 & 29) – registration will open soon! Join us as we work together to make Complete Streets a reality.
In 2010 TCAT underwent a strategic planning process. Steering committee members reached out to key stakeholders to get feedback on TCAT's past projects and solicit advice on future directions. It was an extremely useful and confirming process for the work we are doing, and provided TCAT with a solid framework to move forward. For the duration of the strategic plan process, the steering committee decided not to fill spots that became vacant as members completed their terms. As a result, by the end of 2010 there were seven open spots on the committee.
In the last TCAT News we reported on some new studies that showed increased ridership in London and Montreal after the installation of "separated bike lanes". Separated bike lanes, also known as cycle tracks, provide some kind of barrier between motor-vehicle and bicycle traffic. An on-line buzz has continued on this topic over the last two weeks.