I hope that fall is off to a good start for you. This is without a doubt my favourite season for getting out to cycle and walk. Fall also now marks an exciting professional milestone for me as it has officially been one year since I started working independently through Stuckless Consulting Inc. Over this past year, I have gained a lot more clarity on the types of projects that fit best with my mission and vision. I've learned so much from developing successful and unsuccessful RFP responses, and am enjoying the opportunity to expand the thematic and geographic scope of my work. 
Keep reading below for a few updates on my current projects, as well as some resources I think will be of interest to you.
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Below are a few items that I think that you might find interesting:
  • Check out this paper on Equitable Infrastructure from the Community Foundations of Canada. Submitted to Infrastructure Canada in response to the National Infrastructure Assessment, the paper endeavours to both expand and critically redefine the term infrastructure while unpacking the different types of infrastructure through an equity-based placemaking lens. The paper was authored by Jay Pitter in consultation with 28 co-authors, of which I am pleased to be one.
  • Ontario Traffic Manual (OTM) Book 18: Cycling Facilities has officially been released! Originally published in 2013, the 2021 update to Book 18 is a big deal for cycling and road safety. The updated manual represents an evolution in design away from paint and towards the full and partial separation of cycling facilities. Perhaps most notably, a greater focus has been placed on the “interested but concerned” cyclist as the "design user" who should be considered when planning cycling facilities. The manual also includes more clarity on conflict zone markings, curbside management, accessibility, transit stops, and minimum maintenance standards. WSP Canada will be hosting a webinar about the new manual on November 15th at 11am Eastern.
  • Canada recently launched its first-ever National Active Transportation Strategy along with a $400 million Active Transportation Fund. Green Communities Canada has put together a blog post summarizing what this development means for communities, including a breakdown of the strategy framework, and an outline of the fund's application guide and eligibility criteria.
  • The Maytree Policy School is currently accepting applications for their 2022 cohort. I had the chance to participate in this program in 2018, and it was an incredible learning experience. I am still using many of the lessons and tools from the 6-month program in my work today. I encourage anyone working in the non-profit sector with a focus on public policy to apply (deadline: October 22). 


With gratitude,