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June 30: TCAT News Bulletin

BikingToronto is a TCAT supporter. Here’s the latest from TCAT:

1. Bloggers Keep Bike Summit 2009 Discussion Alive

TCAT’s Bike Summit wound up over a month ago but we are pleased to note that while the event itself is over, bloggers are keeping the ideas alive. Read Torontoist’s Cycling to the Summit, Spacing’s multi-part “Reaching the Summit” series: Cycling Advocacy and Community Engagement, Bicycle Parking, New Approaches to Street Design and The Role of Local Government in Promoting Cycling and Comic Book Junkie’s Toronto “bike wars” debate rages.

All media, photos, and interviews from the Bike Summit can be viewed here and powerpoint presentations here. Stay tuned for TCAT’s summary report to be published in the coming months.

2. Bike Lanes – Good for Us, Our City, and the Bottom Line

An article written by Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT’s Program Director, was published in the current issue of Harvey Kalles Collections Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 3 (pages 23-24). The title of the article is Bike Lanes – Good for Us, Our City, and the Bottom Line. The article is available on-line or you can download a copy here.

3. New Book on how Cyclists are Changing American Cities

A new book titled “Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists are Changing American Cities” sounds like it’s worth a read. Author Jeff Mapes argues that cycling promotion can raise society’s level of general fitness, since people exercise more when it seems less like exercise and more like something mostly enjoyable that also performs a function, like getting to work. “Bike and walking advocates,” he writes, “have been rebranding their cause as ‘active transportation,’ which manages to come off as nonthreatening to your average couch-bound American while carrying a nice touch of gravitas as well.”

The New York Times published a review of the book written by David Byrne (arguably New York City’s most famous cyclist) available here.

4. Research Finds Urbanites Healthier than Suburbanites Worldwide

According to a June 16th SDSU NewsCenter article, “No matter which country you are in, new research finds those who live in an urban neighborhood are twice as likely to be physically active the those in the suburbs. According to a San Diego State University study published in this month’s American Journal of Preventative Medicine, the biggest single factor influencing physical activity around the world is accessibility to sidewalks.

“Researchers looked at data from 11,541 survey participants in 11 countries, which included the United States, Lithuania, Brazil, Sweden and Japan. Those individuals who reported living in a city neighborhood with easy access to sidewalks were 15-50 percent more likely to get moderate-to-vigorous activity at least five days a week for at least 30 minutes each day. SDSU professor and lead author Jim Sallis said this is likely because sidewalks can be used for recreation like jogging and in-line skating as well as for transportation, in lieu of using a car or other means of transportation…”

From CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.