What a great day! A record breaking number of delegates participated in TCAT's fifth annual Complete Streets Forum on Monday April 23, 2012 at the Evergreen Brick Works. There were 230 delegates gathered in Toronto and another 20 joined in through webcasting for a total of 250 participants!
This represents a 13% increase from last year and 29% from our first conference in 2008. We are thrilled that so many people from Toronto, across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and beyond find this to be a worthwhile and important event. This year there were more registrants from outside of the GTA than in previous years including Chicago, Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, Chicago and New York. 30 speakers delivered keynote presentations, participated in panel discussions and led workshops, sharing their expertise and experiences.
In the first keynote of the day, Gary Toth from Project for Public Spaces discussed how the principles of Complete Streets help communities reach their true potential, while making streets more efficient for all users. John LaPlante, P.E., PTOE, from T.Y. Lin International discussed how Complete Streets approach helps community and transportation goals. Monica Campbell, from the City of Toronto, and Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel, discussed recent studies demonstrating the importance of active transportation to citizens' health and well-being. Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute shared his discoveries from over 4,000 'walking audits' during a keynote that included unique photographs and stories from cities across North America. As well, breakout sessions throughout the day gave delegates the opportunity to discuss complete streets policies, planning, and engagement.
Toronto was already talking about Complete Streets in the early hours of Monday morning, as keynote speaker Gary Toth discussed the philosophy of Complete Streets with CBC Radio's Metro Morning. The interview is archived online.
Most of the powerpoint presentations from the Forum are now available to view on TCAT's website. The rest will be uploaded shortly. In the upcoming month we will be uploading video, photos and a summary report to the website.
Thanks so much to our generous sponsors, our inspirational speakers, our fantastic volunteers, advisory committee and staff and everyone else who participated and made the 2012 Forum such a great success.
Photo Credit: Dan Burden