July 28, 2008
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Recent TCAT activities and news items:
- Bloor Street Redesign Challenge - Community groups call for Environmental Assessment
- Toronto Learns from New York - Noah Budnick presentation a success
- Mimico Waterfront Park Community Celebration - July 28
1. Bloor Street Redesign Challenge - Community groups call for Environmental Assessment
Last week, representatives from Bells on Bloor and Take the Tooker filed a formal demand with Ontario's Environment Commissioner for a review of the City's decision not to conduct an Environmental Assessment for the reconstruction of Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Church Street. This project will remove parking, widen sidewalks, and plant trees - yet no bike lane will be installed.
You can read more about this new development in an article from last Wednesday's Toronto Star by clicking here
2. Toronto Learns from New York - Noah Budnick presentation a success
Last week, Transportation Alternatives' Deputy Director Noah Budnick visited Canada, stopping in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. While in Toronto, TCAT setup meetings for Noah with the City of Toronto and Metrolinx, a bike tour of Toronto, and Noah also gave a public presentation on Thursday evening at the Centre for Social Innovation. It was an opportunity for Toronto area transportation practitioners and advocates (over 70 in attendance) to learn about exciting new projects in New York City, and more importantly the lessons learned from making them reality.
Noah talked about Transportation Alternatives various partnerships with the City and local community groups, including various innovative safety campaigns, the 9th Avenue separated bike lane, covered bike parking and 'parking spot swaps', and many other projects aimed at reprioritizing pedestrian and bicycle travel in New York City. Noah also emphasized the strong support and leadership of the Mayor's office and the Department of Transportation, as well as big name celebrities like David Byrne and Lance Armstrong.
Noah also introduced us to the Livable Streets Network - and specifically the StreetsWiki and Livable Streets Group - all are resources for sharing ideas and connecting with others also working for an improved pedestrian and cycling environment.
3. Mimico Waterfront Park Community Celebration - July 28
A notice sent through the City's Cyclometer newsletter:
"Waterfront Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation invite you to join us in celebrating the Mimico Waterfront Park - Phase 1! Activities include official opening ceremonies, a fish check-up and community BBQ.
Cyclists are invited to join in the celebrations and check out a new cycling trail in the park that makes an important link in the Toronto Bikeway Network and the Waterfront Trail."
Date: Monday, July 28
Location: Mimico Waterfront Park, behind Storefront Humber, 2445 Lakeshore Blvd. W.
For more information click here
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