A good reason to take the day off this Wednesday! Danish architect Jan Gehl is coming to Toronto to speak at the Design Exchange. Gehl is one of the world’s foremost experts on transforming public spaces and creating walking-friendly environments. He led the development of London, England’s ambitious pedestrian plan, and he is an important influence in New York’s recent transformation of its streets.
According to Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, the proposed Strachan Avenue super-bridge we told you about in a recent TCAT News has been averted. While the details of what the new structure will look like are still not fully worked out, Metrolinx's new proposed plans promises to address the issue of creating a cycling and pedestrian friendly corridor between the Waterfront and the surrounding neighbourhoods.
The Transportation Association of Canada is in the process of surveying municipalities across Canada on their active transportation initiatives to discover who is getting things done and what has been effective. While the work is still underway, TCAT collaborated with IBI Group to pull together some preliminary findings to kick off discussion at the Bike Summit 2009. The next stage of the research will explore how these municipalities have succeeded.
At the May 11th meeting of the Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee, Daniel Egan, Manager of Pedestrian Infrastructure, gave a 45-minute presentation about upcoming plans for improving Toronto's bikeway network. There are some very exciting options being considered, including...
Metrolinx is proposing a super-bridge going over the CN rail lines at Strachan Avenue. Strachan is a critical access point in the City's west end to Exhibition Place and the Martin Goodman Trail. Problems surrounding the proposal identified by a City of Toronto Oct 2008 staff report include closing important cross streets, concentrating all traffic on the King/Strachan intersection and creating an uninviting and undesirable environment for pedestrians and cyclists.
On May 6 TCAT's Program Director Nancy Smith Lea made two deputations at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC). The first was in support of the City's new walking strategy. The overall visionary aspects of the strategy got lost in the committee debate and subsequent media reports that revolved around one minor recommendation.
TCAT responded to media inquiries this week about Councillor Adam Vaughan's proposal to convert Richmond and Adelaide Streets from one-way to two-way streets. The proposal has the goal of improving both the livability and commercial function of these streets which is currently negatively impacted by the fast-moving traffic.
TCAT steering committee member Gord Brown is making a presentation to the Pedestrian Advisory Committee today in support of the City's new Walking Strategy. We are pleased to report that the City has addressed the three concerns TCAT identified previously. The Walking Strategy sets the stage for a new culture of walking in Toronto. TCAT will continue to provide input to the Public Realm office and to help wherever possible to help move this excellent plan forward.
The Spring 2009 issue of Dandyhorse, Toronto's magazine about all things cycling, has just been released. All are welcome to celebrate at the launch party, sponsored by Amsterdam’s new brew, Big Wheel Deluxe Amber. There will be DJs, cash bar, gold sprints, a silent auction, and more!
Transportation Services just announced that it has completed the Jarvis Streetscape Improvement EA Environmental Study Report. Apparently not swayed by the significant public input it received, the recommended design up for approval has no bike lanes.
If you missed New York City Commissioner of Transportation Janette Sadik-Khan's talk last week, you're still in luck. Spacing Radio has uploaded this inspiring talk for their most recent podcast released yesterday. Find out about New York City's plans to transform their streets into a network of shared spaces that favour people instead of cars.
With very little fanfare, the City of Toronto has recently announced that it will launch a public bike program operational by the spring of 2010. Toronto's program is to start with approximately 3000 bicycles, which would make it the biggest installation in North America! If you're excited about the idea, you may want to join in the on-line discusssion happening on ibiketo.
In celebration of Earth Month, the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute has announced its newest resource: Making the Case for Active Transportation. This series of eight bulletins is intended for policy makers, health promoters, transportation planners, municipal decision-makers, NGOs, and the public.