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February 2018 – A busy month!
During February and March TREA is developing a TREA video specifically to talk about TREA and its opportunities, as well as creating a new TREA pop-up display panel and new project flyers.

TREA frequently collaborates with other organizations – this includes the planning of a local tool lending library with Friends of Urban Agriculture London (FUAL).  For the last year, TREA has been involved with local discussions, grant assessments and conversations with other Canadian tool library enterprises. A tool library allows patrons to borrow tools, equipment and "how-to" materials, similar to a rental shop. TREA conducted surveys this summer and fall to determine interest, a possible location and tools Londoners might want to borrow. The goal is to align with the City’s Urban Agriculture Strategy. TREA is just helping where it can to make this a stand-alone business. Volunteers are welcome for this start up, contact info@trea.ca.
This past fall, a TREA survey was developed and facilitated by a Western survey design class. The project was not an ethics reviewed survey but helpful to gather useful information to determine if Londoners using modes of active transportation (AT) experience conflicts on sidewalks and pathways, to identify types of conflicts, collect demographic data, and identify positive aspects of using AT. 258 respondents noted any concerns regarding infrastructure, chance of accidents, lack of lighting, conflict with other commuters and lack of signs. Other topics they identified included snow removal, lack of bike lanes, and drivers not recognizing cyclists have right to use the roads. Personal experiences included ‘distracted commuters’, cyclists passing without signalling, commuters in the wrong area, abusive language, and collisions. An ‘other’ category identified adult cyclists using sidewalks and cars not respecting cyclists.

Respondents were asked what would encourage them to use AT more than they do currently. The most selected options were more bike lanes and trails, an increase in lighting, a citywide Bike Share program and more signage. An ‘other’ category included increased sidewalk space, a faster bike, separated bike lanes and walking paths, better protection for bikes on road bike lanes, better rest areas and bicycle locking facilities, or “nothing” as they use active transport regardless. Please contact info@trea.ca if you wish a summary of this project and the data. We are looking to do more outreach given the findings.

TREA’s discussions with commuter cyclists (without bike lights during dusk hours) were valued during January. TREA safety visits were made to various locations across the City near bike paths.

TREA continues its outreach to London’s multi-cultural communities to gain local involvement.
Upcoming Events
We would like to share the following with you –

1. TREA will again this year be at the Master Gardener’s annual Seedy Saturday, March 3, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at Carling Heights Optimists Community Centre. Stop by! To find out more, visit http://londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com/seedy-saturday2018/
 
2. A Friends of Urban Agriculture 2018 startup meeting is planned on Saturday, February 24, 10:30 to noon, at Grosvenor Lodge, 1017 Western Road. For further details, email info@trea.ca.


Sincerely, TREA Board



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