One of the reasons Halton is such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire is our commitment to delivering high-quality infrastructure including a comprehensive transportation system. On November 12, the Region took another positive step in supporting and promoting a first-class transportation network by endorsing in principle the new Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP).
“Active Transportation” refers to any form of human-powered transportation, including walking, cycling, in-line skating, skateboarding and moving with mobility devices. It’s about getting to work or school, going shopping, running errands, visiting friends and family, or taking other trips by walking, biking or rolling.
The ATMP will help promote an integrated, sustainable and efficient transportation network for residents, businesses and commuters, as well as encourage active transportation and allow residents and visitors to travel in a safe and efficient manner. By working in partnership with our Local Municipal partners, this long-range plan will help address and accommodate cycling and walking along Regional roads to fulfill transportation needs throughout the region to the year 2031.
Through the implementation of this plan, approximately $110 million will be invested to build 470 kilometres of new on-road infrastructure (i.e., bike lanes) and an additional 359 kilometres of new off-road infrastructure (i.e., sidewalks and multi-use trails) along Regional roads.
The ATMP is designed to support policies and growth set out in the Halton Transportation Master Plan (TMP) – the Road to Change, which seeks to provide a balanced and multi-modal transportation system serving all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians. The ATMP will provide Halton with a network of safe, well-connected and convenient routes and provide facilities that will give people greater choice in how they travel, while helping encourage physical activity.
There are many potential benefits of active transportation:
- Transportation: improved road safety for all road users, reduced congestion, and increased access and transportation choices
- Health: increased physical activity and reduced chronic disease
- Environment: improved air quality and contributions to vibrant communities
- Economy: reduced household travel costs, support to local businesses and support for Halton as the destination for cycling tourism in Ontario
Halton’s commitment to planning complete and vibrant communities continues to be one of the reasons Halton is a great place to live. If you would like to learn more about the Active Transportation Master Plan, please visit halton.ca/activetransportation or dial 311.
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