Online voting begins in Toronto’s “Complete Streets” photo contest

streets_contestThe complete online gallery of finalists and their photographs in the  Complete Streets Photography Contestcan be seen and be voted by Torontonians  at Voting opened on September 6 and will remain open until September 20.

The finalists’ photos will be displayed in the rotunda of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., this week (September 6 to 11).

An opening reception hosted by the City and Spacing Magazine will celebrate the finalists tomorrow (September 7). The reception will be held in City Hall’s Committee Room 4 starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Complete Streets Photo Contest invited Torontonians to submit photos to answer the question: “What makes a street feel more complete?”

Participants submitted almost 800 photographs of streets, street designs and street features from Toronto and cities around the world through direct uploads to the website and through social media using the hashtag #TOcompletestreets.

The judging panel selected the top 10 photos in a general category and five in a youth (under 18) category. The panel consisted of Matthew Blackett, Spacing Magazine publisher and creative director; Adeyemi Adegbesan, a Toronto-based photo artist whose Instagram account “SoTeeOh” has more than 60,000 followers; and Anu Saini, co-ordinator of outreach and special projects with the City’s Transportation Services division.

Complete streets consider the needs of all users, including people who walk, bicycle, take transit or drive, and people of varying ages and levels of ability. Complete streets also take into account public realm features such as sidewalk cafés, street furniture such as benches and transit shelters, and street trees.

In addition to serving as transportation routes, complete streets are destinations themselves, with social, economic and environmental priorities integrated into their planning and design. The benefits of complete streets include increased safety, improved public health by providing additional opportunities for walking, cycling and transit, increased accessibility, enhanced economic vitality and improved environmental outcomes.

The Complete Streets Guidelines currently being developed will help staff and Torontonians better understand the role of streets. The Complete Streets Guidelines will influence future street projects and will be applied when streets are constructed, reconstructed or otherwise improved to make streets as functional as possible.

The Complete Streets Guidelines are scheduled to be considered by City Council this winter. – CINEWS

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