On August 24th, Statistics Canada released a new report titled Commuting to Work: Results of the 2010 General Social Survey. The report determined that Toronto is the most gridlocked and congested city in Canada. Overall average commuting time was 31 minutes in Montreal, 30 minutes in Vancouver, and Toronto came last at 33 minutes.
More and more people are turning to bicycling as a mode of transportation and as a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. According to a recent study by the London School of Economics, featured in Bike Biz, the bicycle industry is booming. However, along with this transition are growing concerns over the safety of cyclists.
This past weekend, construction began on the long-awaited Portland Street Pedestrian Bridge that will span the rail corridor between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue. Once completed, the bridge will provide pedestrians and cyclists an alternative to Bathurst or Spadina to travel over the rail corridor between the CityPlace neighbourhood and the waterfront. Concord Adex, the developers of the CityPlace neighbourhood in the Railway Lands, are designing and building the bridge in return for changes in the land use in the area.
A new facebook group was recently created by Dylan Reid, one of TCAT's co-founders and associate editor of Spacing Magazine, to share information and issues relating to walking in Toronto. Dylan hopes it will become a wide-ranging group.
With funding from the Trillium Foundation, the TCAT team is growing! Clean Air Partnership is hiring a Complete Streets Researcher and Project Manager. This is a full-time one year contract position. Please help us find a suitable candidate by forwarding the job posting, or applying yourself! Full details can be found here.
Clean Air Partnership is pleased to announce that TCAT's proposal to develop an Ontario Complete Streets Policy and Design Hub was recently granted funding by the Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
On June 22nd, 2011, TCAT was honoured for its receipt of a Vital People grant awarded by the Toronto Community Foundation. Vital Ideas recognizes Toronto's most high-impact organizations and supports their work to stabilize, expand, or replicate programs with successful track records.
As reported in a recent TCAT News, at its meeting on June 23, 2011 the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee made several recommendations regarding Toronto's 2011 Bikeway Network Update. On July 12 and 13, 2011, Toronto City Council spent close to 12 hours debating a myriad and complicated bundle of items and motions. Since the decisions to build new off-road trails and Toronto's first physically separated bike lanes (on Bloor St. E., Sherbourne, Wellesley and Adelaide or Richmond) were combined with the controversial elimination of bike lanes, several Councillors made unsuccessful attempts to amend the wording of the motions, or to separate them out.
The City of Ottawa recently implemented Ontario's first downtown segregated bike lanes (referred to as physically separated bike lanes in Toronto), as a two-year pilot project on Laurier Avenue West. The bike and traffic lanes are separated by planter boxes, poles, and concrete curbs.
Congratulations are in order to the dedicated team at the Ontario Growth Secretariat at the Ministry of Infrastructure! The 25-year Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe has recently reached its fifth year anniversary by releasing an update on the Growth Plan’s progress.
Complete Streets are safe, comfortable and convenient for travel by foot, bicycle, transit and automobile. Finding the right balance isn’t easy though and some streets work better than others. TCAT's Complete Streets walk highlights bicycle and pedestrian innovation in Toronto’s downtown core. Providing for cyclists and pedestrians are critical elements of complete streets.
As City Hall reigns in its spending, a grassroots movement has started to take hold across Toronto. Politicians, community and business leaders are coming together to take matters into their own hands and make their own plans.