January 17, 2013

January 17, 2013Save the Date for Complete Streets Forum 2013!
Mark your calendar! TCAT and Share the Road Cycling Coalition (STR) are pleased to announce that their 2013 annual conferences will once again be a joint event. TCAT’s 2013 Complete Streets Forum (May 27, 2013) and STR’s Ontario Bike Summit (May 28-29, 2013) will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto.  

TCAT’s annual Forum advances its mission of creating a better city for cycling and walking by sharing research, best practices, and creative solutions for designing safe and inviting streets for everyone. STR's Ontario Bike Summits connect cycling organizations, fulfilling the Coalition’s mandate to build local capacity and develop provincial public policy, legislation and in general, advocate for an enhanced provincial role in supporting cycling and in particular, funding for cycling infrastructure.

A call for proposals will be announced later this month, and details regarding the program and registration will follow in the coming months on TCAT's website. For a taste of last year's forum, visit our event page for presentations and the summary report.


Recruiting: Communications Intern

TCAT is seeking a highly motivated Communications Intern to assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive and strategic marketing plan. The Communications Intern will work with the Executive Director and members of the Engage and Inspire Committee to optimize social media accounts, develop strong relations with key media contacts, assist in the overall brand development of the organization, and provide outreach and promotional support for TCAT's sixth annual Complete Streets Forum.

For complete details about this opportunity and to apply, visit the posting online.

Truck Sideguard Petition Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT Director, recently signed the petition "Save Cyclists' and Pedestrians' Lives!" and encourages others to do the same. The goal to reach 1,000 signatures has almost been reached. You can read more and sign the petition here:

There are now three coroners reports that have recommended that Transport Canada should make side-guards mandatory on heavy trucks in Canada: Pedestrian Death Review (2012), Cycling Death Review (2012), and A report on cycling fatalities in Toronto 1986-1998: Recommendations for reducing cycling injuries and deaths (1998). Truck sideguards are mandatory in Britain and Europe, and lives have been saved.

More information about the Safe Trucks campaign here.

Students help bring Complete Streets to Kingston

A project team at Queen's University's School of Urban and Regional Planning discusses the role of Complete Streets in making Kingston's roads more accessible and connected. The report allows users to prioritize Complete Streets improvements based on street context, provides samples of accessible, complete, and sustainable street deign ("Great streets"), and lists examples of Complete Streets from across Canada and the United States.

Visit the Complete Streets for Canada website for a summary of the document and the future of Complete Streets in Kingston, and to view the full report.

Cycle TO Campaign: Protected Bike Lanes on Richmond and Adelaide

As an environmental assessment for protected bike lanes on Richmond and Adelaide Streets gets underway this month (Toronto Star article), Cycle Toronto has launched a campaign to promote completion of these routes. Cycle T.O. provides more information about the Richmond and Adelaide corridor (including ways to get involved) on their campaign webpage, and also has a resource that outlines the basics of protected bike lane infrastructure. See also TCAT's "Bikeway Options' Backgrounder that compares different options for bike infrastructure, including separated (protected) bike lanes.

News Links

  • "Dutch try heated cycle tracks and glow in the dark roads" [BBC]
  • "IBM Builds A ‘Flashing Pedestrian Crossing’ To Emphasize Crosswalk Safety" [Design Taxi, Zwolle]
  • "The Case for Walkability as an Economic Development Tool" [The Atlantic Cities, Washington, D.C.]
  • "Legal crusaders lead a quiet fight for cyclists and pedestrians" [Toronto Star]
  • "How Bicycling Is Transforming Business" [Truth-Out]
  • "Is ‘forgiveness’ just for auto drivers?" [Minn Post]