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.
Koy Thomson from the London Cycling Campaign reported
at TCAT's Bike Summit last year that London has aggressive targets for
increasing the number and safety of cyclists. It looks like this plan
TCAT will be handing out an award tomorrow night (Tuesday Jan 20, 7-9:30 p.m.) at the Bicycle Friendly Business Awards.
This year the categories have expanded and TCAT will be presenting an
award to an exceptional organization whose work raises the profile of
cycling or walking and its relationship to a high quality of urban
life. Come out to the party to find out who the inaugural winner is in
this new category.
As reported previously in TCAT News,
the City is proposing changes to Jarvis Street, which includes widened
sidewalks but no bike lane. Cyclists need to continue to make their
voices heard that a complete street allocates sufficient space for all users to access the public right-of-way safely.
A second Public Information Centre for the Jarvis Streetscape Improvement project will be:
The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, Ontario Growth Secretariat,
is looking for a results-oriented leader to work on the development and
implementation of the governments' Places to Grow initiative. Job
TCAT welcomes the Centre for City Ecology,
the most recent organization to join our growing list of supporters.
The Centre for City Ecology is the brainchild behind the fabulous
Jane's Walk that takes place each year in Toronto and other cities
across Canada. Inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs and her
grassroots approach to city-building, the walks bring people together
across geographic and social barriers for a series of free
neighbourhood walking tours.
On Jan 6th, 2009 Green Communites Canada, Walk and Bike for Life and walkON
launched a new program called Ontario Communities walkON. Over the next
three years the program will help make 24 Ontario cities and towns more
walkable. A walkable community allows people to choose to walk to local
destinations, rather than take the car. For more information, read the
According to a recent Toronto Star article,
there's a new kit on the market to equip any mountain bike with a ski
on the front and a track wrapped around the back wheel to provide more
traction to ride through the snow.
A sidebar to the article provides an update on the snow removal in the bike lanes and the Martin Goodman Trail.
It's been an eventful year here at TCAT. We've researched and published several reports, organized a bikesharing forum and roundtable, Bike Summit 2008, and other special events featuring best practices from Montreal and New York. All of this and lots behind the scenes as well, working on your behalf to improve the environment for walking and cycling.
As reported in TCAT News,
on September 18th and 19th, 2008, the Toronto Coalition for Active
Transportation, the Clean Air Partnership and the Community Bicycle
Network (CBN) held a community forum and stakeholder roundtable
entitled Bikes as a Public Good: What is the future of public bike
sharing in Toronto? The aim of this 2-day event was to engage the
general public, the cycling community and other stakeholders in
discussing the future of this new form of personalized mass
Leaving the wheels at home and going by foot can be a pleasurable way
to get around in winter. Yet for many, especially the elderly and
disabled, this most basic form of mobility is jeopardized during the
winter in Toronto due to the state of the sidewalks. The current
We recently featured Google's great new digs
at Dundas Square with perks for cyclists. This gives us hope that the
global campaign currently underway to persuade them to be more
bike-friendly in their Google Maps have detailed maps for drivers and
now public transit users. Now cyclists are asking for a Bike There
feature. More than 40,000 people have already signed the on-line
petition found here.
Transport Canada Urban Transportation Showcase Program is offering a
series of new webinars. The first, on January 27th, 2009, covers 'The
Urban Transportation Emissions Calculator' (UTEC), a free,
user-friendly web-based tool developed by Transport Canada that
estimates greenhouse gas and air contaminant emissions from urban
transportation. Transport Canada's is paying for the first 85 Canadian
connections to participate in each of the webinars above at no cost.
You can learn more about the webinars and register here.
1. Prompted by our e-bulletin last week on the benefits of walkability,
a TCAT supporter shared this excellent publication by Go for Green in 2004 documenting the economic benefits of walking and cycling. In these
times of fiscal restraint, one of the wisest investments our
governments could make is in active transportation infrastructure.
According to the report, the economic benefits of everyone who engages