Car Free Day

Car Free Days aim to be fun, free events encouraging people to get out of their cars and run, walk, cycle or take public transit. The central vision of Car Free Day is urban mobility that is not dependent on the private automobile. 

International Car Free Day (CFD), celebrated every Sept. 22, first started in Europe in the 1990s and is a growing global movement celebrated in over two thousand towns and cities in over thirty countries. CFD is not anti-car, but promotes awareness of alternative forms of transportation and the public health benefits of more active lifestyles within reach to us all.

As well, CFD is about community building! The Sierra Club can help neighbourhoods to organize their own community Car Free Days. Contact us about how we can help you make one for your neighbourhood. Call Kristina at 647-346-8744 or send an email to (kristinaj <at>

You can also check out some interesting updates about this issue below.

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Complete Streets Forum 2013

Complete Streets Forum 2013 logo

2013 Complete Streets Forum is TCAT's sixth annual active transportation conference taking place on May 27, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto. The Share the Road Cycling CoalitionOntario Bike Summit 2013 will take place on May 28-29th at the same location. We are pleased to offer joint registration for both conferences at a discounted rate. ... Read more »

Save the date: Complete Streets Forum - May 27, 2013

Join the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) at the sixth annual active transportation conference - the ... Read more »

Kids' concentration improved with exercise

From The Atlantic Cities (online) article by Sarah Goodyear... Read more »

More forgiving design is possible - and coming to a road near you (one hopes!)

"Is ‘forgiveness’ just for auto drivers?"

The headline of this article made me think of the legal forgiveness that car/truck drivers often get when they hit pedestrians or bicyclists. But that's not what they are talking about. They are talking about engineered transportation designs that allow for our mistakes and human nature. An example of forgiving design is the placement of rumble-strips on the road to alert an auto driver they are approaching a stop or may be driving off onto the shoulder. Unfortunately, some of these forgiving elements only serve to allow drivers to speed up or drive more carelessly.

Forgiving design elements are known but rarely applied to protect pedestrians and bicyclists but that trend appears to be changing. ... Read more »

Whose Roads? Evaluating Bicyclists’ and Pedestrians’ Right to Use Public Roadways

From the Victoria Transport Policy Institute... Read more »

Going Car Free

Provided is some general information on International Car Free Day and tips on going car free:

Open your street with Car Free Day 2012!

International Car Free Day is just around the corner and we have been busy at SCO preparing for our CFD community events to be held in September. As part of our 2012 Car Free Day campaign, we are in the process of creating new educational material, such as this brochure that will help you set up your own Car Free Day event. ... Read more »

OneCity Rocks!

By Dan McDermott, Chapter Director... Read more »

Down The Wrong Track

By Jeff Alan... Read more »

Clean Air Commute 2012: June 18-24

The Clean Air Commute is an annual event organized by Pollution Probe that encourages workplace commuters to choose more sustainable modes of transportation rather than driving to work alone. Its aim is to improve local air quality and reduce local traffic congestion, and in so doing, promote employee health and happiness.... Read more »

James Schwartz's Open Letter to a Bicycle Helmet

I love my bike and can't stand my helmet. I've made new year's resolutions to start wearing a helmet that always fail by February. Luckily, it's a personal choice, not the law where I live so I can "forget" and not pay for it. TO blogger James Schwartz (the Urban Country) has compiled info about bike safety & the desire to make biking second-nature in his clever article "Dear Bicycle Helmet"

Dear Bicycle Helmet:

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Musician David Byrne talks about his love of biking in this New York Times piece


This Is How We Ride

Josh Cochran

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New report by Pembina Institute suggests commuters are ready to consider alternatives


Drivers’ Choice

Options to manage gridlock and fund rapid transit in the GTA: Public opinion survey and policy options

Drivers’ Choice

Published April 21, 2012

By Cherise BurdaGraham Haines

This report investigates a variety of policy options designed to reduce the growing rate of congestion in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and/or to help finance construction of rapid transit in the region.... Read more »

June 2: Rally for pedestrian and cycling safety (Queen's Park)

Mega (fun) RALLY at Queen's Park for pedestrian and cycling safety. ... Read more »

North York Mirror editorial on bike lanes

Interesting commentary on the Mayor Ford maneuvers to get rid of bike lanes.


From the North York Mirror, April 12, 2012

by David Nickle

The bike lanes that Toronto City Council voted to put in on Jarvis Street are, as they stand, a very nice addition to the downtown core. If they go away at the end of the year, it will be a little bit sad for cyclists and a little bit happy for some drivers; but in the end, life in the city will persist. It will remain just so.

All right, I admit that is a pretty bland opening for a column about one of the bigger wedge issues of the very wedgy Rob Ford administration. But it is perhaps a necessary tonic to counteract the hysteria about the lines that the David Miller administration drew nearly all the way to Bloor Street.... Read more »

The Walkable City: Neighbourhood Design and Preferences Travel Choices and Health

This report is part of the "Healthy Toronto by Design" Reports that address several aspects that influence a city's quality of life.


Part of the executive summary:

This report summarizes the findings of a residential preferences study which examined the preferences of residents towards walkable and transit-supportive neighbourhoods and specific features of those neighbourhoods.  It also examined how the travel choices, levels of physical activity, and body weights of residents are related to the walkability of their current neighbourhoods and to their neighbourhood preferences.

2012 Complete Streets Forum at the Evergreen Brickworks!


Is walkability, bikeability, mobility, or livability part of your work?

The 2012 Complete Streets Forum is TCAT's fifth annual active transportation conference taking place on April 23, 2012 at Evergreen Brick Works. The Complete Streets Forum represents a holistic approach to active transportation policy and planning with a focus on cycling and walking while maintaining the interests of other road users.

The Forum continues to develop the program of sharing research, best practices, and creative solutions for designing and implementing safe and inviting streets for everyone.... Read more »

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