Complete Streets Forum this Friday - it's about mobility for all

The Complete Streets Forum is taking place this Friday. It's not too late to sign up. Even the Mayor is going to be there!

What are complete streets?
From Wikipedia (as of April 21, 2010):

In urban planning and highway engineering, complete streets are roadways designed and operated to enable safe, attractive, and comfortable access and travel for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and public transport users of all ages and abilities are able to safely and comfortably move along and across a complete street. Proponents claim that Complete Streets also create a sense of place and improve social interaction, while generally improving property adjacent land values.

Here's the media release of the forum:

(Toronto, Apr 20, 2010) -- Transportation stakeholders from across Canada will meet on Friday, April 23 at the inaugural Complete Streets Forum to discuss how to improve city streets in Toronto and other municipalities across Ontario to take into consideration all users including pedestrians, cyclists, public transit users and motorists.

Date: April 23, 2010
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Ballroom, C floor

Complete Streets Forum is organized by the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT), a project of the Clean Air Partnership, in partnership with Transportation Options and the City of Toronto with the generous support of our sponsors.

Building on the success of TCAT's Bike Summit 2008 and 2009, the Complete Streets Forum will expand the mandate and scope of TCAT's annual active transportation conference.

Learn from leading experts about innovative solutions for designing and implementing safe and inviting streets for everyone. Over 200 delegates are expected to attend representing transportation planners, urban design firms, government, industry, public health professionals and non-profit organizations.

Speakers include:
His Worship Mayor David Miller
Andy Wiley-Schwartz, Assistant Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation
David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health, City of Toronto
Scott Thompson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transportation
Barbara McCann, Executive Director, National Complete Streets Coalition
Fiona Chapman, Manager, Pedestrian Projects, City of Toronto

Visit http://www.torontocat.ca/main/completestreetsforum2010/pro... to view the full agenda.

The forum will be critical for anyone wanting to learn about the newest approaches to designing sustainable, inviting and healthy cities, and the next steps for building active transportation capacity in Ontario.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Nancy Smith Lea,

Director, Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT), Clean Air Partnership
Tel. 416-392-0290
nsmithlea@torontocat.ca

TCAT would like to thank the following organizations for their support of the Complete Streets Forum 2010:

Platinum: City of Toronto and the Government of Ontario
Gold: Bicycle Trade Association of Canada, Halton Region, Peel Region, York Region, and Metrolinx
Silver: Josta Inc., MMM Group, and Mountain Equipment Co-Op
Other sponsers: Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Community partners: 8-80 Cities, EvolutionGreen.com, Ryerson University, Spacing, Share the Road Cycling Coalition, Toronto Cyclists Union, Transportation Options

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