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VIDEO: It’s Your Move Active Transportation Champion Nicole Arsenault

 

Another in a great series of “It’s Your Move” videos from TCAT.  Also, I went to high school with Nicole.  Great job Nicole!

With Nicole`s It`s Your Move video, we`re highlighting the importance of dedicated funding for active transportation projects and infrastructure that would help create pedestrian and cycling connections between the University campus and the communities of York region that surround it.TCAT’s It’s Your Move is a video series that is part of a strategic partnership with Metrolinx designed to promote the importance of walking and cycling. Each video in the 12-part series features a leader living in Halton, York, Peel, Durham, Hamilton or Toronto.

via Video Release: It’s Your Move Active Transportation Champion Nicole Arsenault | Toronto Centre for Active Transportation.

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The News Cycle for Friday, Nov. 25, 2011

Bike Union / MEC Member Appreciation Night [Toronto Cyclists Union]

Join us for our Member Appreciation Night at Mountain Equipment Co-op on Thursday December 1st from 7:00 – 9:00.  Like last year, bike union members will receive 10% off everything in the store except boats.  New this year, MEC has extended their 10% discount to bikes as well!

TCAT Turns Five and Gets a New Name [Toronto Centre for Active Transportation]

Since becoming a project of Clean Air Partnership, a registered charitable organization, TCAT has evolved from a grassroots advocacy group into a research and education organization. As a result, we are celebrating our fifth birthday by changing our name to the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation.

BIXI Toronto expands coverage by 50% [Dandyhorse Magazine]

 BIXI Toronto has reached 3936 members after only 6 months of service and riders have made 372,417 trips. BIXI Toronto is also reporting that the average number of trips per day has seen little decrease even as outside temperatures continue to fall. Toronto’s bike-share system is up and running year around, the first system open all year in Canada.

 

 

[photo from Dandyhorse Magazine]

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Photos from TCAT’s Complete Streets Forum

Last week, the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation and the Clean Air Partnership hosted speakers and guests from all over the North America at the 2011 Complete Streets Forum.

The goal of the 2011 Complete Streets Forum is to explore best practices, share ideas and success stories, and showcase research and technical solutions on how to better plan and design complete streets that will embrace and protect cyclists and pedestrians while accommodating all road users, including transit and cars.

We invite everyone who is working to improve our communities, cities, and urban landscape to join us in this important conversation. We all need to get around – we’re all in this together.

Yvonne Bambrick, a Toronto Urban Cycling Consultant (and formerly of the Bike Union) took some great photos of the Forum (and the infrastructure bike tour that also took place as part of the Forum), and has graciously allowed us to share some with you.  The captions below are also by Yvonne.

Bike union Ward Advocacy member learns from special guest Roelef Wittink, ED Interface for Cycling Expertise, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Fiona Chapman, City of Toronto, Pedestrian Projects explains the Pedestrian Scramble at Yonge/Dundas

Sharrows Eastbound on Harbord approaching Spadina Ave on Tour

Sharrows Eastbound on Harbord approaching Spadina Ave on Tour

Rosalyn Morrison, TCF – Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT – Michel Lebrecque, STM (Montreal) – Eva Ligeti, CAP

Rosalyn Morrison, TCF – Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT – Michel Lebrecque, STM (Montreal) – Eva Ligeti, CAP

The Great Hall at Hart House

Mia Birk, author of ‘Joy Ride’, finishes her presentation.

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You can view some of these on Yvonne’s website, as well as all of them on her excellent Flickr account.

If you missed the Forum, check out the “Presentations” page on TCAT’s Forum website – an excellent resource of the material speakers used as they presented.

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TCAT Releases Results of Election Survey

The Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT) released the results of its 2010 Municipal Candidate Election Surveys yesterday:

TCAT surveyed all Toronto candidates to provide voters the candidates’ views on active transportation issues and the concrete steps that can be taken to improve cycling and walking in Toronto. Surveys were sent in August 2010 to all of the mayoral, councillor and school trustee candidates – 475 candidates in total, with 137 respondents to date.

Some of the cycling-related questions were as follows:

Full Implementation of the Bike Plan
  • What year will the Bike Plan be implemented?
  • How will you prevent the delays that have plagued the implementation of the Bike Plan for the past nine years?
Increase the use of cycling and walking to conduct city business
  • Increasing the number of employees using bikes in the course of their duties
  • Increasing the use of bike and foot couriers
  • Ensuring all city buildings and recreational facilities have a sufficient number of secure bicycle parking facilities
  • Exploring new purchasing policies that utilize local businesses to decrease dependency on motor-vehicle deliveries
  • What goal will you set for each of the above programs and services?
Creating a bike lane on Bloor Street/Danforth Avenue
  • Do you support building a new major east-west bicycle lane on Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue?
Improving pedestrian and cyclist access to public transit
  • Do you support integrating active transportation into the transit system?
Creating more on-street bicycle parking corrals throughout Toronto
  • Do you support creating more on-street bicycle parking corrals throughout Toronto to improve active transportation?
  • How many more on-street bicycle parking spaces will you create?
Some aggregate results from TCAT:
  • A Complete Streets Policy for Toronto: 69% per cent of 13 mayoral candidates and 77% of 84 council candidates strongly support developing and implementing a Complete Streets policy. This policy would ensure our streets are routinely designed to provide the safe travel of all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Full implementation of the Toronto Walking Strategy by 2019: 54% of 13 mayoral candidates and 79% of 84 council candidates say they would fully staff and fund the Pedestrian Projects Unit of the Public Realm Section.
  • Building a new major east-west bicycle lane on Bloor Street and Danforth Avenue: 46% of 13 mayoral candidates and 45% of 83 council candidates strongly support this important artery for cyclists.
You can see individual responses as well:
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College Street Cycling Survey – Call for Participants

From the City of Toronto:


The City of Toronto is working with the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT) and the Clean Air Partnership (CAP) to evaluate cycling conditions on College Street before and after the installation of a new  bicycle pavement marking application – and we need your help.

What will I need to do?

  • Complete an online survey about your experience cycling on College St between Lansdowne Ave and Manning Ave on one day in April and one day in June.

When is the survey happening?

  • Part 1: April 19th to May 3rd, 2010
  • Part 2: June 14th to 18th, 2010

Who can participate?

  • Cyclists who ride along College St. during rush hour, for at least a couple blocks between Lansdowne Ave and Manning Ave. Rush hour is from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.
  • All participants must be 18 years of age or older.

How can I sign up?

  • Contact us by email at bikeplan@toronto.ca to sign up. For all emails, please include “College Street Survey” in the subject line and indicate:
    • your name,
    • preferred email address for correspondence, and
    • what section of College Street you cycle on (e.g. Brock Ave to Clinton St).
  • The City of Toronto will not be responsible for any injury or damage related to the completion of the survey form. Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Visit www.toronto.ca/cycling for more details.


You can also find City related news and posts in the City of Toronto section here on BikingToronto.

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