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.
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