Designing and creating safer streets for all.
This past September, Aviva Canada was proud to be a major sponsor of the 2019 NACTO Designing Cities Conference, which was held in Toronto, for the first time in a Canadian city.
The conference brought together 900 officials, planners and practitioners to advance the state of transportation in cities across North America.
Over the course of four days, participants shared their views on important topics like reducing speed limits inside cities, creating safer intersections for all road users, and designing streets by putting pedestrians first.
Toronto Mayor John Tory delivered opening remarks that focused on how Toronto is creating safe streets through its Vision Zero plan, and highlighted the City’s plans to reduce speed limits and to use automated enforcement of speed limits in school zones. Aviva Canada’s CEO Jason Storah also provided plenary remarks that underlined the importance of collaboration between the private and public sector to solve road safety issues.
The highlight of the Conference, though, goes to all of the workshops and ‘walk shops’: over 50 workshops were offered, with topics ranging from how to manage mobility data, to equitable strategies for safer streets, to creating and managing equitable micro-mobility projects.
In fact, ‘Walk shops’ are unique to the Designing Cities Conference, and provide attendees the opportunity to walk, cycle or take public transit to different places and projects across Toronto that showcase city design. For example, groups had the opportunity to see the King St. transit priority corridor and to learn how the project came together and operates currently. ‘Walk shops’ also took participants to Toronto’s traffic control centre, and on a cycling tour around the city to learn about Toronto’s cycling infrastructure.
This Conference was a great opportunity for Aviva Canada to participate in discussions around creating safer, more accessible spaces for everyone through collaboration, street design and better infrastructure. Most importantly, it allowed us to learn from experts in the field about best practices and unique ideas that we can use to help make Canadian roads safer.
The 2019 NACTO Designing Cities Conference brought together 900 officials, planners and practitioners to advance the state of transportation in cities
What is NACTO?
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is an association of 81 major North American cities and transit agencies formed to exchange transportation ideas, insights and practices.
As a coalition of the largest cities and transit agencies in North America, NACTO supports infrastructure policies and transportation projects that align with their core values: safety, sustainability, equity in transportation choices and accessibility for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
NACTO’s core principles and priorities are to:
- Promote safe transportation systems.
- Increase equitable transportation access for all people and all modes.
- Support sustainable funding and financing for transportation projects.
- Improve transportation project selection and bring project decisions closer to the taxpayer, at the local level.
- Promote vibrant mobility that has smaller climate change footprint.
- Manage new and emerging mobility technology.
NACTO leads the way by providing “Design Guides” to its members and the public. These guides help those engaged with street design to ensure they are taking best practices into consideration when creating their projects. These publications include the Urban Design Guide, Global Street Design Guide, Urban Bikeway Design Guide and Transit Street Design Guide to name a few.
To learn more or become a member, visit www.nacto.org