Following on last week's special notice TCAT News e-Bulletin, TCAT is happy to announce an exciting project we've been working on over the past few months. With some help from our dedicated volunteers, the TCAT Steering Committee, and our sponsors, we have been able to plan an exciting one-day bicycle policy forum. The date is fast approaching, so check the Summit web page for updates on speakers and venue, and for registration details. We hope you'll be able to join us on April 25th!
This questionnaire was designed to find out how
you feel about traffic issues in Toronto, and the Toronto Police
response to these issues. Your answers will be strictly confidential
and your participation is appreciated.
For those in the Scarlett Road / Dundas Street West / St. Clair Avenue West area of Toronto, the City has completed its Environmental Assessment to "address existing traffic safety and operational concerns and long term mobility needs" at this complicated and potentially dangerous interchange.
The recommended design includes two lanes in either direction with a bike lane on Scarlett Road.
This past Saturday, TCAT and the City of Toronto jointly hosted the Walk21 Community Conference. This was a day of encore presentations by some local presenters from the Walk21 Conference this past October. During the one-day, free community conference, presenters made the connections between walking and health, streetscapes, active transportation, urban design, literature and more.
Complete Streets policies and legislations are much further ahead in the US than they are in Canada. The concept requires that governments design and construct only streets that accommodate the safety of ALL road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and the disabled. For more information on the movement, visit the National Complete Streets Coalition's web site by clicking here
More news out of the United Kingdom: The federal government has launched a program to develop a world-class 'cycling city'. The Canadian Government is currently consulting, researching, and developing its active transportation strategy. Pursuing and supporting a Canadian Cycling City could be a great initiative to showcase and help lead other Canadian cities.
Following months of follow-up work, TCAT finally has a response from the TTC regarding our recommendations that they consider the needs of cyclists and pedestrians early on in the planning and design work for Toronto's new rapid transit corridors. The idea is to avoid a situation similar to that of the St. Clair Right of Way project, where active transportation users were forced to advocate for their needs as an afterthought to the project.
At its meeting last Tuesday, the Toronto Pedestrian Committee (TPC) agreed in principle to support TCAT's 2008 Operating Budget recommendation to add a staff planner to the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division to work on trails and pathways projects. The TPC will be sending a letter to the Budget Committee this week, requesting the following:
Last Thursday night, TCAT welcomed its supporters to hear details on the past year's activities and plans for the coming year. We had over 35 people attend the meeting, and it was a great opportunity for our supporters to meet each other and the TCAT Steering Committee and Project Coordinator. Below is a brief summary of the information presented to those in attendance. In next week's e-Bulletin we'll share a summary of the feedback and suggestions TCAT received from its supporters.
Just a final reminder that tonight is TCAT's first Annual General Meeting. This meeting is open to all our supporters - individuals and organizations - and anyone else who wants to learn more about what TCAT does and our plans for the future.
There will be snacks and refreshments!
Date:Tonight, Thursday, February 21
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Committee Room 3, City Hall, 100 Queen St. West
The lastest edition of the City's Cyclometer newsletter is reporting initial details on the City's planned bike station for Union Station. We will likely be hearing more about this much-needed project in the coming months, but for now you can count on over 200 secure parking spaces on a membership basis launching sometime this July.
Two significant news reports out of the United Kingdom in recent weeks
- both involving massive investments in active transportation. While we
wait for a provincial or national active transportation strategy, and
experience frustration with local plans while remaining optimistic,
it's still exciting to hear about what other governments are doing.
As reported in the January 24 TCAT News e-Bulletin, Metrolinx (formerly the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority) has released its Active Transportation Green Paper for public comment. This is an opportunity to tell our new regional transportation authority what you think of its analysis and preliminary plans for walking and cycling in the GTA.