Completed Projects

The following are completed CST projects. For details on each project and to download related documents, click on the appropriate link.

. WinSmart Baseline GHG Emissions Study
. Zinc-Air Workshop
. Defining Sustainable Transportation
. Kids on the Move — Phase 2 Reports
. Child Friendly Transportation Planning
. Sustainable Transportation Performance Indicators
. Kids on the Move — Phase 1

Document Notes: Most documents are in Adobe Acrobat format. When possible, both English and French versions have been provided. Some are very large files and may take some time to download.

WinSmart Baseline GHG Emissions Study

The City of Winnipeg and Transport Canada have developed the WinSmart Project as part of the Urban Transport Showcase Program. The Province of Manitoba is also a funding partner. The purpose of this report is to develop baseline transportation greenhouse gas emissions for the city of Winnipeg. This report provides the information gathered, assumptions taken, and methodology used in creating the baseline. The report also provides the results, sensitivity analysis and outlines suggestions for the future. The WinSmart project will be evaluated, in part, by the ability of the various measures, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation activities.

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Zinc-Air Workshop

Zinc-Air Fuel Cell Bus Demonstration: The Centre for Sustainable Transportation, in collaboration with Electric Mobility Canada, facilitated and hosted a project information meeting at the University of Winnipeg with eVionyx. This project proposes a 10,000 km demonstration of a full size transit bus powered by re-chargeable zinc-air fuel cells across North America. A New Flyer bus may participate in this project.

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Defining Sustainable Transportation

This report, which was commissioned by Transport Canada, provides a brief review and analysis of some current definitions of ‘sustainable transportation’ in various parts of the world and highlights where the Centre’s definition is being used. It sets out 25 examples of use of our definition or versions thereof. Published March 31, 2005.

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Kids on the Move — Phase 2 Reports

With the financial support of The Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Centre has completed a series of publications dealing with the needs of Children and Youth when planning transportation and land use. A continuation of Kids on the Move Phase 1, the project includes:

Part 1 - Children friendly land use planning guidelines
This is a 68-page, 3-part document that explains why land-use and transportation planning should be made more child and youth friendly. It includes 27 guidelines for application and discusses implementation issues.

The need for guidelines was made forcefully during Phase 1 by developers, land-use planners, and public health officials, and has more recently been supported by senior officials in several government ministries. The guidelines would be offered to municipalities and developers to help ensure that new developments and redeveloped areas provide better environments for children from many perspectives, including transportation. Eventually, these guidelines could strongly influence how land-use planning is conducted in Canada and perhaps elsewhere. New developments would be designed more with children in mind, as would redevelopment of existing settlements. The result would be more active transportation by children, and by adults too.

Download guidelines here. (1.2MB)

Part 2 - Information booklets
This part of the project focuses on the development of booklets on children and transportation for a variety of audiences. We have identified five target audiences: educators, health professionals, municipal staff and politicians, parents, and-not least-children with a booklet of 8-12 pages for each audience:
• A six page booklet on Information for Health and Recreation Professionals (836KB)
• A six page booklet on Information for Educators (848KB)
• A six page booklet on Information for Municipal Officials (elected and staff) (796KB)
• A four page booklet on Information for Parents (736KB)
• Booklet on Information for Youth (506KB)

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Child Friendly Transportation Planning

As a step to developing child-friendly planning guidelines, the Centre for Sustainable Transportation has completed a limited literature survey and canvassed several planning experts to determine whether child friendly planning guidelines have been developed elsewhere in the world. This report outlines the results of our search.

Download report here. (196KB)

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Sustainable Transportation Performance Indicators

The Centre's work on Sustainable Transportation Performance Indicators resulted in the publications of three reports and two sub reports as outlined below and available on this site.

Sustainable development is generally accepted as a guiding principle for human activity. It involves meeting the needs of the present in ways that do not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Much human activity is presently unsustainable, meaning that it reduces opportunities for future generations by reducing their access to natural resources and by leaving them with a less hospitable environment. Transportation is a notable example.

Decision-makers are becoming more aware of the need to implement solutions that promote the achievement of sustainable transportation. However, no set of comprehensive tools had been developed to monitor the progress of Canadian transportation systems towards (or away from) sustainability. The work on sustainable transportation performance indicators-the STPI project-sought to develop sets of transportation indicators that will serve this purpose.

Indicators can have several purposes and functions:
• They can help with the comparison of similar trends across jurisdictions (e.g., sprawl in different cities).
. They can help with the comparison of different phenomena (e.g., trends in energy use for home heating and for automobile use, by expressing changes in common units and relating them to a common baseline year).
• They can help with the understanding of trends (e.g., by showing the strong link between car ownership and car use, and the links between use of transit and overall economic activity).
• They can help with evaluating progress towards or away from defined goals or targets (e.g., whether progress is being made in the transport sector relevant to Canada's commitment to meeting the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol concerning greenhouse gas emissions).

Phase 1 of this project included a review of relevant world wide activity and development on this topic and included the development of an initial long list of indicators. Download Phase 1 report. (456KB)

Phase 2 included a workshop of all stakeholders to review the findings of Phase 1 and to reach consensus on the list of indicators to be fully developed. Download Phase 2 report. (792KB)

Phase 3 included the actual development of indicators for sustainable transportation. Data is reported on 14 indicators including environmental, societal and economic indicators.
Download Phase 3 report. (1MB)

At the conclusion of Phase 3, sub reports were completed as follows:
A synopsis report (1.1MB)
A compilation of data and calculations used during Phase 3 (207KB)
Underlying Data and Calculations (208KB)

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Kids on the Move — Phase 1

The project took its name from a remarkable European Union publication, Kids on the Move. This is a superbly executed manual for European local government officials, teachers, and others who want to create better ways of making children's mobility more environmentally sound, safer, healthier, more helpful, and more enriching.

Child-friendly transportation is usually more sustainable than other transportation. Children who travel sustainably may be more likely to do so when they are adults. Children are transportation's 'canaries. They are more vulnerable to adverse impacts, e.g., air pollution, and thus provide warnings of heightened unsustainability. Last but not least, sustainability is about intergeneration equity, which implies equal consideration for all generations, living now and in the future.

With the support of The Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Centre set out to examine the sustainability of transportation habits in the Halton/peel Regions of Ontario. The work was divided in two phases.
One goal of Phase 1 was been to determine whether the Kids on the Move manual should be adapted for use in North America, and, if so, to figure out how to go about adapting it. We have concluded that it should not be adapted as such, but that several much shorter booklets on children and transportation should be produced, targeting specific audiences.

Our second and more important goal of Phase 1 was to use the consultations about Kids on the Move to identify actions that could be undertaken in Halton-Peel and elsewhere to improve children's mobility.

The Phase 1 report includes our findings on the above identifies several matters that deserve further work. They include among others development of the booklets noted above and efforts to increase consideration of children's needs in land-use and transportation planning.

This report also includes an overview of recent work on the health impacts of transportation on children. Another feature of the report is a presentation of available data on children's travel in Halton and Peel Regions.

Download Phase 1 report. (852KB)

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