> Message: 1Hi Robert. I like to think that my chosen career path has lead me to make
> Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 21:07:30 -0400
> From: Robert Hines <robhines@...>
> Next year I will be attending Ryerson Polytechnic in Toronto for an
> urban planning degree. I'm very much interested in carfree cities and
> would like some advice on getting a job that would benifit
> the carfree
> movement in Canada.
the world (er, Ottawa) a little more carfree. I work in a new field known
as transportation demand management, or TDM. It's a different approach to
transportation planning where the demand side of the equation is targetted
for change, instead of just accomodating demand by increasing supply (i.e.
building new roads). In our area, the need for this has grown from the
recognition that we can't keep building and widening roads - it's too
The essence of what we do is work to shift people from driving alone to
other modes of transportation, or no transportation at all (telework). We
also seek to shift demand away from peaks by changing work hours,
instituting flex-time (work an extra hour a day for eight days and then get
the 9th day off), and other options. We also have two viewpoints -
short-term, which is more operational and involves marketing, communication
and incentives, and long-term, which takes a closer look at land use,
infrastructure and priorities.
So far I am unaware of any cities in Canada where
> carfree has a movement besides the Glebe in Ottawa.I'm not sure about political movements, but a number of cities in Canada
have started or are about to begin TDM programs in one way, shape or form -
Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto,
Ottawa, and Montreal. If you're interested in some Toronto contacts for
summer jobs or co-ops, contact me off of the list and I'll provide the info
to you - or there may be opporunities in Ottawa, too.
There's also quite a bit of work in the non-profit sector to get people out
of their cars, especially around the Commuter Challenge and Active and Safe
Routes to School (for elementary schools). Go for Green (www.goforgreen.ca)
is the national champion for both of these programs. In Toronto, Pollution
Probe and Greenest City (www.greenestcity.org) have been busy as well.
The Canadian Urban Transit Association (www.cutaactu.ca) is also working to
get more people on public transit, with offices in Toronto and Ottawa. In
fact, they're organizing a Youth Summit on Sustainable Transportation to be
held in Ottawa this May. Transportation and attendance is FREE, and
applications are due by February 15. The Summit is open to Canadians aged
17-24, and more info is available from
http://www.goforgreen.ca/youth_summit/index.htm. It should be a great
opportunity for you to get involved in the field!
As for education, I haven't found much that addresses all the issues in
sustainable transportation. I completed my undergraduate degree in urban
studies at Carleton, which allowed me to take courses from various
disciplines including geogrpahy, engineering, economics, sociology and
political science. Right now I'm working on a certificate in Marketing from
Algonquin College. I'm still interested in doing a masters degree, but
haven't found the right school and program yet. I think it may be a matter
of selecting an approach, i.e. from planning/urban design, economics or
engineering, and then following through with a carfree bent to research.
Let me know if you hear of any good programs!
PS - I work in a cubical, but I get to criticize the subdivisions. :)
Transportation Demand Management Program
City of Ottawa
> where I can take a masters in sustainable transportation? I
> haven't yet
> been able to find any such programs. Hopefully there are options out
> there, it would be a total nightmare to be sitting in a cubical
> approving subdivisions.
> I've been reading this group now for about 2 weeks and it is so
> refreshing to hear so many great ideas on how things ought to be.