As reported in a recent Washington Post article, Virginia is taking aim at one of the most enduring symbols of suburbia: the cul-de-sac. The state has decided that all new subdivisions must have through streets linking them with neighboring subdivisions, schools and shopping areas and will maintain only new subdivision streets that meet its connectivity, road and sidewalk requirements.
On March 6th, Nancy Smith Lea (TCAT's Research and Program Lead) and
two members of the TCAT steering committee (Gord Brown and Stephanie
Tencer) met with Elyse Parker, Director of the City's new Public Realm Office. We are very excited to finally have a dedicated, committed voice for pedestrian interests at the City.
Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto (City) are jointly
initiating an environmental assessment (EA) and integrated urban design
study to explore the feasibility of removing the elevated Gardiner
Expressway from approximately Jarvis Street to Logan Avenue.
In reaction to the above news item, a new advocacy group has formed.
They will hold a meeting of interested citizens to improve the project
as it moves through the EA process. At this first meeting they will
vote on a group name, determine a list of project goals and plan an
interactive web presence.
First meeting of Gardiner Takedown Advocacy Group
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 7pm (St. Patrick's Day)
Metro Hall room 303 (southeast corner of John & King)
The "Mimico 20/20 Revitalization Charette" event will take place at the
Mimico Adult Centre, 255 Royal York Road, and will be led by a team of
experts assembled under hired consultant Urban Strategies Inc. This
will be a major community event with almost 20 separate sessions on
various city-building themes with formats including round table
discussions, workshops, invited guest speakers, on-going scale
modeling, hands-on design sessions, as well as a Community Open House
(evening of April 8th). A detailed Charette Abstract & Schedule now
A recent public health report
by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer
Research has found that about one-third of cancers in developed
countries, not including those preventable by not smoking, can be
prevented through diet, exercise, and weight control. Researchers found
that modern cities have impeded walking and bicycling. They recommend
widespread dedicated walking and cycling facilities and traffic
management policies that encourage people to walk or bike.
The City of Toronto and the Toronto Cyclists Union are holding an
open house to discuss bikeway projects to be completed in 2009 and 2010
in the downtown west end. These projects have been identified in
collaboration with cyclists over the past few months. You are invited
to attend the open house to learn more about the proposed projects and
share your thoughts.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Parkdale Public Library, Auditorium
1303 Queen Street West (between Cowan and Brock)
Tickets are almost sold out for Majora Carter's speaking engagement,
"Greening the Neighbourhood... & How Much It Won't Cost Us". In
light of this fact, Hart House has just announced that a Live Webcast
of the event will be hosted at http://mediacast.ic.utoronto.ca on
Friday March 13th at twelve noon. This is a great opportunity for those
not able to attend this noon lecture due to work or school obligations
but who still want to see Majora on her first ever Canadian appearance.
For more information on the lecture, or to obtain one of the few
As reported in recent TCAT News,
the Clean Air Partnership's research report titled Bike Lanes,
On-Street Parking and Business will be the subject of an upcoming
The webinar will profile the findings of the study, the tools and
methodology used and a discussion on how a similar study could be
conducted in other communities. The findings of this study will also be
presented in May at Velo-City 2009 in Brussels – the world’s largest
conference devoted to bicycling.
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.