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The Clean Air Partnership is a registered charity, founded in 2000. Our mission is to work with partners to achieve clean air, facilitate the exchange of ideas, advance change and promote and coordinate implementation of actions that improve local air quality.

Moving Our Cities: TCAT and Cycling

Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) recently released a video that explores the “history of, differences in, and future of on-street cycling infrastructure in the downtown cores of Toronto and Montreal”. The goal of the video is to inspire cities to create more dedicated space for cyclists and inform viewers on differences in the cycling planning process between Toronto and Montreal. In the past 10 years, both cities have incorporated more active transportation infrastructure into their cities. And in 2008 and 2010 respectively, with the help of BIXI, Montreal and Toronto have installed bicycle-sharing systems to provide residents with more options for choosing active transportation as a green and convenient form of mobility.

Cycling infrastructures in both cities can still be considered in their early stages and while there has been great support from community and political champions, the transformation still requires work.

To further improve both cities’ cycling infrastructure, both cities need to reconsider how the streets can become more complete and equitably shared. One goal is to create more active community engagement that allows communication between cyclists and and non-cyclists to build understanding, trust, and acceptance about cycling as a legitimate form of transportation. Both cities could also benefit from increased cycling and pedestrian oriented infrastructure and re-engineering intersections so that main arterial roads are more cycling and pedestrian friendly.

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The video can be viewed English, French, or Spanish.

The TCAT video was developed with support from:

Eco Counter

Montreal Urban Ecology Centre: English or French

Clean Air Partnership

Toronto Centre for Active Transportation

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