Week in review: March 26, 2018

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Consultations, feedback, and events


We were at MovingWR on Sunday to get your ideas for a minimum grid of cycling infrastructure and to announce cycleWR, a new coalition in support of safe cycling for everyone in the Region. Join the new mailing list and share your ideas for a minimum grid!

Regional Transportation Master Plan

Last week, we took a look at what the Region is considering for its long-term transportation plans. Don’t forget to share your comments by March 30!

Death by autonomous car

  • The first pedestrian has been killed by a self-driving car. Now what? (CityLab)
  • If self-driving cars aren’t safer than human drivers, they shouldn’t be on public streets (Streetsblog)
  • What Uber’s autonomous vehicle fatality tells us about the future of place (Brookings)
  • How the self-driving dream might become a nightmare (CityLab)
  • Video of the fatal Uber self-driving car crash upends the victim-blaming narrative (Streetsblog)
  • The lose-lose ethics of testing self-driving cars in public (Wired)
  • Uber pulls driverless cars off Toronto roads after pedestrian fatality in U.S. (Globe and Mail)
  • Self-driving vehicle testing continues at UW after pedestrian death (570 News)

Vision Zero


  • Region launches ION buses in Cambridge (Cambridge Times)
  • Region, Bombardier and GrandLinq working on new ION train schedule “that can be relied on” (570 News)
  • Kitchener urging better bus service for booming suburbs (The Record)
  • Via Rail to launch process to buy new trains with federal funding announcement (570 NEWS)
  • What a Doug Ford government will do about (or to) transit (Spacing)
  • Transit Moneyball: How targeted fare policies can build ridership (TransitCenter)
  • Falling transit ridership poses an ‘emergency’ for cities, experts fear (Washington Post)
  • Houston bucks national trend of transit bus system decline (Mobility Lab)
  • Only a few American cities are growing transit ridership — here’s what they’re doing right (Streetsblog)

The shape of our cities

  • Opinion: There’s good news and bad news for the Northdale neighbourhood (The Record)
  • Independence of land use planners challenged (Donnelly Law)
  • The myth of “forcing people out of their cars” (Vox)