Monday, August 31, 2015

Kingston - New cycling lanes ready for use

The new, bright white buffered cycling lanes on Princess Street between Division and Macdonnell streets are now ready for use. Read more.

Toronto - The Complete Streets Forum

The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, a project of the registered charity Clean Air Partnership, will hold its 8th annual Complete Streets Forum taking place on October 1st, 2015 at Hart House on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. Read more.

Canmore, Banff test out new infrastructure as Alberta’s Bow River Valley sees bike lane renaissance

Over the last few weeks, communities in the Bow River Valley have seen dozens of kilometres’ worth of dedicated bike lanes, parking stalls and maintenance stations installed throughout the region, including in Canmore and Banff. According to municipal officials, it’s all about encouraging a more active plan of transportation — and one of the most beautiful places in the country is a good place to embrace such a strategy. Read more.

Edmonton - People march on Whyte to raise pedestrian safety awareness

Edmontonians took to the streets Friday—specifically Whyte Avenue—to protest what they call a shocking trend of pedestrian and cyclist collisions in the area. Read more.

Cycling advocates want to make ‘Idaho stop’ a go in Alberta

Some bicycle enthusiasts want Alberta to introduce what’s often called the Idaho stop, named for the American state that began allowing bike riders to treat stop signs as yields in 1982. Read more.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Gatineau - Prince of Wales rail bridge to be re-sealed off after swarmings

A city councillor is asking the city to repair a fence blocking access to the abandoned Prince of Wales rail bridge and to put up bigger no-trespassing signs after two recent swarmings. Read more.

Walking before you run: fitness expert's steps to follow

To walk or to run: which gives you a better bang for your buck? For the average Canadian considering kicking off a new exercise routine, it's not as obvious, says Jeff Woods, a long-time personal trainer and fitness lifestyle commentator on the Canadian Learning Channel. Read more.

From coast to coast, Canada has crossed a protected bike lane tipping point

Some time in the last year, the world's second-largest country crossed a tipping point in public consciousness. Though there's a steady drumbeat of discussion from across the U.S., Australia and the U.K., in the last six months we've watched in awe as a wave of protected bike lane chatter has been pouring out of every major English-speaking city in Canada: Victoria, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Halifax, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver. Read more.

A People’s History of Recent Urban Transportation Innovation

Recent innovations in urban transportation in the United States have consisted of resident-led efforts to create more ways of moving around the city. Rather than the adoption

of new technology, these advances have centered on reintroducing human vitality into streets that have been lost to cars for decades. Our analysis of the human factors

behind implementing small-scale change in a wholesale way shows that engagement from three areas of society is required for a city to innovate. Read more.

Urban sprawl costs US economy more than $1 trillion per year

Urban sprawl costs the American economy more than US$1 trillion annually, according to a new study by the New Climate Economy. These costs include greater spending on infrastructure, public service delivery and transportation. Read more.