Congratulations to John Luton who has been elected as a member of the
Council of the City of Victoria, BC. Luton is the executive director of
the Capital Bike and Walk Society
and has for several years been deeply involved in many projects that
have added trails, bicycle lanes, better bike parking and signage
throughout the region. Victoria, BC has the highest active
transportation mode share in Canada, at 15.2% (the national average is
As reported in last week's TCAT News,
City Council voted to install bicycle lanes on Annette Street,
reversing the plan approved by the Public Works and Infrastructure
Committee to install "sharrows" instead. Sharrows are painted arrows on
the pavement reminding drivers to share the road, but they do not
provide the protected space on the road that bike lanes do. The Globe
As reported in TCAT News,
Fred Sztabinski, TCAT's current Project Coordinator, will soon be
leaving TCAT. The TCAT Steering Committee is pleased to announce that
Nancy Smith Lea has taken on the role of Research and Program Lead.
Nancy brings to TCAT over two decades of bicycle research and
advocacy experience in Toronto, and is quite prepared to take over the
reigns. Nancy has been involved with TCAT since the beginning, first as
a member of the Striking Committee and then the Steering Committee.
TCAT is thrilled to receive news that we have been awarded funding
toward three transportation research projects we proposed together with
the Clean Air Partnership. The funding is through the Toronto Community Foundation (TCF),
which is a founding sponsor of TCAT, and their continued support makes
TCAT's work possible. Other Toronto groups were also awarding funding
for projects. Below is an excerpt from the TCF press release.
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.