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APBP Mentor Program - Travel Report

Friday, October 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Mentee Adam Hortop visited his Mentor Adam Popper in Toronto
22-23 August 2018

Adam and I met early Wednesday morning at a brand new subway station at the north-west corner of Toronto. 

Pre-marking Verification on Shoreham Drive
From the subway station we walked to Shoreham drive where we met the City engineer.  
- It is common on cycling projects in Toronto for there to be a project manager (PM) and an engineer.  At the City of Ottawa the engineering input for cycling projects does not come from one engineer but rather groups that the PM contacts. 
This was the first clue for me to discovering that our two cities have different approaches to project delivery.  The City of Toronto has a stronger vertical integration – the PM and engineer are constant from the earliest phase of scoping through to the pavement marking and monitoring of performance.  The City of Ottawa seems to have more horizontal integration.

We went through the detailed design and validated the pre-marking on the road.  This was a first for me.  

As a planning PM, I have always had an arms length connection to the physical implementation process.

Cycling Team – Monthly Staff Meeting
That afternoon was the monthly meeting of the cycling team.  I learned about how the finance systems are also different between our cities and how that can affect project implementation.

Bike Share System
Adam and I visited the parking authority who are responsible for the bike share system.  They are considering the merits of shared electric bikes and we had the chance to test ride the test bikes. 

DAY 2:
Bike City Exhibition – Market Gallery

After a morning conference call with the local APBP chapter, Adam took me to the Bike City Exhibition put on by the City of Toronto at a City owned gallery.  It displayed the long history of Toronto’s relationship with the bicycle.

We both had our own work to attend to in the afternoon, but I had a chance to meet someone from the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) and learn a bit more about how they operate. 

Bicycle Music Festival and Community Outreach
We ended our mentorship visit with an evening bicycle music festival.  It involved riding a newly painted bike facility and announcing upcoming consultation activities before listening to bike powered music – pedal driven generator/amplifier.

*This visit was made possible by a scholarship from the John Williams Memorial Fund, which helps support the APBP Mentorship Program. To learn more about the fund or to make a donation, click here.