The Clean Air Partnership is pleased to announce the publication of a research report titled Bike Lanes, On-Street Parking and Business.
Contrary to common public perception, the evidence shows that removing
on-street parking to install a bicycle lane or widened sidewalk would
likely increase not decrease commercial activity. "This report should
alleviate concerns that downtown business owners have about on-street
A reminder that the Operating Budget Public Hearings are happening this Wed, Feb 18th. Once again, bikeToronto.ca has done an excellent job of analyzing how the BIke Plan will fare in the proposed budget.
As reported in last week's TCAT News,
Metrolinx recently hosted several community open houses about the
proposed rail-link to Pearson Airport and the impacts this may have on
the Strachan level crossing. It is still possible to make your views
known on-line if you weren't able to attend any of the public meetings. You can download the City of Toronto Staff Report here.
The Western Waterfront Master Plan Team is inviting the public to a
Combined Community Advisory Group Meeting and Public Open House to be
together on Thursday February 19th, 2009. The meeting will be held at St.
Joseph's Health Centre at 7.00pm.
Metrolinx is currently hosting community open houses about the
expansion of the Georgetown South Rail Corridor between Malton and
Union Station. Thanks to our readers for alerting us to the importance
of this opportunity for ensuring that space for active transportation
is provided for during the planning stages of this expansion. Metrolinx
needs to hear from the community that it's important to do so.
In last week's TCAT News,
we reported that 5 kilometres of the Martin Goodman Trail are being
cleared of snow. Thanks to Daniel Egan in Transportation Services for
letting us know that there are actually two sections being cleared as
5.6 km from Northern Dancer (east of Coxwell) to Sherbourne Street; and
6.3 km from Windermere to Stadium Road.
Also, between Stadium and Spadina and between Sherbourne and Yonge
there are on-street bicycle lanes which are being cleared of snow as
Ireland has joined the ever-expanding list of federal governments
making announcements about ambitious plans and committing big dollars
to sustainable transportation. By 2020 Ireland hopes to have moved
500,000 people out of their cars and is committing €4.5bn
(approximately $7.1 billion CDN) to make it happen. In a country with a
population of only about 4.4 million, those targets and that level of
investment is quite significant. Read more here.
The Appleton Foundation's GreenApple SMART Transportation Ranking
Report (now in its second year) was launched to attempt to provide an
accurate measurement of the sustainability of transportation systems in
Canada’s urban areas.
The 2008 report's top four ranked urban areas are Victoria, BC,
Vancouver, BC, Ottawa-Gatineau (Ontario – Quebec) and Montreal, Quebec
— all four of these urban regions have demonstrated a commitment to
directing significant public resources to address urban transportation
in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Building on the success of Bike Summit 2008,
which attracted over 180 attendees, TCAT is very pleased to announce
Bike Summit 2009 to take place in Toronto on May 28, 2009. With initial
sponsorship provided by the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada, the
Clean Air Partnership and the City of Toronto, TCAT will once again
take the lead planning and coordinating this event.
The Bike Summit is a one-day international policy conference to share
best practices for making communities great cycling environments.
As reported previously in TCAT News, there is a bill currently being considered by the provincial government
that, if passed, will change the definition of "bicycle" to include
power-assisted bicycles (e-bikes).
TCAT is supportive of the overall intent of Bill 126 that proposes
to introduce new drinking and driving measures into the Highway Traffic
Act. However we are concerned by the e-bike amendment.
The Toronto Bike Awards
ceremony co-hosted by the Toronto Cyclists Union and the City of
Toronto at the Gladstone Hotel was a great success, jam-packed with
bicycle-friendly business owners, advocates, city staff and councillors.