• Research Grant opportunity

    Dec 18, 2014

    The Canadian Parking Foundation, a charitable foundation established by the Canadian Parking Association,  offers a  competitive research grant opportunity of two grants, each in amounts of up to $10,000, available annually. Research topics should contribute to the expansion of basic knowledge or apply such knowledge to the research of parking as an integral component of a sustainable transportation system. Topics may include, but are not limited to, operations, construction, maintenance, wayfinding, transportation demand management, integrated multimodal sustainable transportation systems, parking & sustainable modes (transit, carpooling, carsharing, cycling, bikesharing, walking), urban design, built environment, economic growth or other topics that benefit the owner, operator and/or user of the parking facility as well the local community. The research should be relevant and timely. For more information on grant requirements and application procedure, please visit www.canadianparking.ca, http://www.worldparkingsymposium.ca/research-grants/  or email researchgrant@canadianparking.ca

  • THE BIG PICTURE: Active Transportation Strategies and Collaboration, webinar recording now available

    Oct 21, 2014

    This webinar will examine provincial strategies that support action, collaboration and innovation in active transportation. These provinces have managed to integrate shared objectives, set key goals, attract public support and build political will. They have established frameworks for governance and funding, identified the benefits of partnership and data collection, addressed the need for supportive land use and road infrastructure, promoted new active transportation links between communities, and strengthened policies that foster active travel to schools and workplaces.

    COORDINATING PROVINCIAL ACTION IN NOVA SCOTIA
    Amy Schwartz, Intergovernmental Affairs, Nova Scotia Health and Wellness
    Nova Scotia’s Provincial Active Transportation Task Team was formed in 2010 as an informal group of representatives from nine government departments who were willing to share ideas and information about active transportation. The work of this group led to active transportation becoming an integral part of the province’s Thrive! Plan for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity and Choose How You Move: Sustainable Transportation Strategy, and has helped set the foundation for a political commitment to an Active Transportation Policy Framework and plan. This committee is now close to completing what could become Canada’s first provincial policy framework for active transportation.

    #CYCLEON: ONTARIO’S PROVINCIAL CYCLING STRATEGY
    Julia Barnes, Sustainable and Innovative Transportation Office, Ontario Ministry of Transportation
    Ontario’s new cycling strategy #CycleON includes a 20-year vision to ensure cycling is recognized and valued as a core mode of transportation. It contains five strategic directions to achieve the vision: designing healthy, active and prosperous communities; improving cycling infrastructure; making highways and streets safer; promoting cycling awareness and behavioural shifts; and increasing cycling tourism opportunities. The strategy will be implemented through a series of multi-year action plans, the first of which was released in April 2014.

    QUEBEC’S STRATEGY FOR ACTIVE MOBILITY

    Marc Panneton, Operations, Ministère des Transports du Québec
    Quebec’s Bicycle Policy encourages cycling as a mode of transportation, promotes road safety with cyclists and other road users, and aims to improve cycling networks. The province’s new and complementary Sustainable Mobility Strategy will further enhance active transportation and public transit in urban and rural areas through better integration with land use planning, improvements to governance and funding, and a stronger user focus. The non-governmental organization Vélo Québec is a key partner in provincial programs including the renowned Route Verte and the periodic report Bicycling in Quebec that tracks progress toward provincial goals.

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