TCAT Complete Streets Forum on Oct. 6

Photo by Chris Hardwicke

Story by Jenna Campbell

Toronto Centre for Active Transportation is hosting Complete Streets Forum 2014. The seventh annual event will take place at Daniels Spectrum on Oct. 6.

Roads are not just for motorists. TCAT has been promoting the concept of complete streets over the last several years — “complete” meaning “safe, accessible and enjoyable for everyone.”

The forum will gather community members, speakers and professionals to deliberate how roads across Ontario can satisfy the needs of cyclists, pedestrians and motorists alike.

Support for complete streets is gaining momentum across the province with more communities incorporating ideas to make their roads more inclusive to everyone.

But there are many roads in Ontario that need improvement. Taking part in the forum with help push the need for complete streets across the province.

Photo by Yvonne Bambrick

This year’s keynote speakers will include: John Pucher, David McKeown and Jeannette Montufar. Pucher will present the first talk of the forum focusing on trends in cycling infrastructure throughout time in North America and in Europe — marking his first time in 10 years since he has presented in Toronto. Pucher is a Rutgers University professor with over four decades of research that promotes walking and cycling integrated with public transit as a practical alternative to motorist transportation.

Keynote speaker, David McKeown, is the medical officer of health for the City of Toronto. He is the leader for Toronto Public Health and has published multiple reports on the health benefits of walking and cycling in Toronto.

Montufar is an associate professor in civil engineering at the University of Manitoba. Her talk will address how Canadian street design is undergoing a paradigm shift.

Streets should serve the entire community — to help support the growing initiative, register now. Early-bird prices are available until Sept. 12.

Check out the 2014 Complete Streets Forum program for more info.

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