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TCAT News Bulletin: June 9

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

The Toronto Coalition for Active Transport just released their latest e-bulletin:

1. Bike Summit 2009 – Presentations, photos and other media now on-line & APBP Offer

For those unable to attend Bike Summit 2009, or for those who want to review some of the excellent presentations, all but a couple (coming soon) have now been posted on the TCAT website. There are also photos from the day and media articles posted here.

A reminder that the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) is offering a $15 USD discount on new advocate and professional membership to attendees of the Bike Summit. Go to the APBP website and enter promocode TOBIKESUMMIT. The offer expires 2009/06/30.

2. Jun 16: What do you think about e-bikes?

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is in the final stage of its three-year pilot project to evaluate the use of power-assisted bicycles (also known as bikes or e-bikes) on roads and highways where conventional bicycles are allowed. On April 23, 2009 the definition of “bicycle” in the HTA was amended to include e-bikes.

MTO has invited TCAT, the Toronto Cyclists Union and other cycling groups to provide input on the equipment and operating requirements that should be included in the e-bike regulations. All TCAT News readers are encouraged to complete the Toronto Cyclists Union survey to give your thoughts on the issue. It takes less than two minutes to complete.

3. Jun 17: Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth Community Meeting

A meeting for those who cycle (and those who’d like to), in and around Toronto Danforth organized by Ward 29 Bikes.

Date: Wednesday June 17, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m. (refreshments @ 6:30 p.m.)
Location: East York Community Centre (1081 Pape Avenue at Torrens, between O’Connor and Cosburn)

Connect with cyclists. Provide feedback. Get information. Ask questions of City staff. Help build our cycling community! All welcome.

4. Sep 2: Provide input into Simcoe’s strategic vision

On June 4th, the Ontario Government released Simcoe Area: A Strategic Vision for Growth. It lays out a strategy and directions to plan for more prosperous and sustainable growth in the Simcoe area. Based on provincial principles and policies, including the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 and the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan.

The document can be accessed on the Places to Grow website. The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure welcomes your feedback on the overall vision outlined in this strategy. To submit your comments or questions or to receive a hard copy of the paper, please contact them at placestogrow@ontario.ca or call toll-free at 1-866-479-9781 or 416-325-1210. Please send your comments and feedback on the paper by September 2, 2009.

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