Active Transportation: Making it easier to walk, bike and roll in Halton

It’s important that Halton residents have a safe, convenient and well-connected active transportation network. With more choices for traveling throughout our Region, residents will be able to choose to be more active as there will be more opportunities for walking, cycling, roller-blading, skateboarding and the use of mobility devices. 

Through the creation of an Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP), Halton will be building new on-road and off-road facilities including bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, cycle tracks and paved shoulders, as well as working with the Local Municipalities to create sidewalks and multi-use trails – making it easier to walk, bike and roll in Halton! 

The Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) is being developed to help promote an integrated, accessible and efficient active transportation network for residents, while providing safe and easy options for alternative forms of transportation. 

Citizen feedback has played a crucial role in the development of the Master Plan as residents have been engaged throughout the process through public information centres and stakeholder workshops. We have been working closely with Halton Region’s Health Department and the Local Municipalities to ensure that all relevant factors are considering future Regional Cycling and Walking Networks. 

Halton residents have one of the highest standards of living in Canada, in part because of Halton Region’s strong commitment to being well planned, resident focused and safe and healthy. Our dedication to planning complete and vibrant communities helps make Halton a great place to live. 

Working together we can ensure we have created a Master Plan that works for the Halton community and provides enhanced opportunities for active transportation. If you would like to learn more about the Active Transportation Master Plan, please dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/activetransportation

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Planning for vibrant communities while making it easier to walk, bike and roll across Halton

Halton residents have one of the highest standards of living in Canada and a large part of that is because of Halton Region’s commitment to being well planned. Halton’s dedication to planning complete and vibrant communities helps make Halton a great place to live and to support that, the Region is creating a plan that will impact how people move around the Region to the year 2031.

By creating a 20-year vision for active transportation across Halton, the first RegionalATMP Active Transportation Master Plan will make it easier to walk, bike and roll across Halton. The plan will give us a strategy for infrastructure like bike lanes and multi-use paths, as well as initiatives and programs for active transportation to promote people-powered travel throughout the Region. 

The plan will help improve connections within and between the Local Municipalities and offer easier access to sustainable transportation choices. By looking at our existing infrastructure, identifying ways to improve it, looking at different opportunities and working with residents, we’ll be able to show what the best possible active transportation system will look like up the year 2031. 

Some of the Active Transportation Master Plan highlights include developing cycling and walking networks, active transportation tools (like a map or trip planner), as well as promoting cycling and pedestrian safety.

As a Regional Government, we want to design a network of safe, well-connected and convenient routes and to integrate these into the community. This will help us to provide facilities that will give people greater choice in how they travel throughout our Region and help encourage physical activity. 

Throughout the planning process, we’ve met with various stakeholder groups, our Local Municipal partners, residents and others to ensure we create a plan that works for all of us. Working together is critical and reflective of our commitment to being resident focused. 

ATMP_meetingsWe would like to hear from you because together, we can plan for a great Halton where it’s easier to walk, bike and roll across the Region. Please visit our website at www.halton.ca/activetransportation to fill out an online feedback form; email us at activetransportation@halton.ca; or dial 311 to share your feedback.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Great Planning = A Great Place to Live

Halton residents have one of the highest standards of living in Canada and a large part of why Halton is such a great place to live is because of the significant effort Regional Council dedicates to planning for a safe, healthy community.

As you can tell by the construction across the Region, transportation and infrastructure are key priorities for Halton residents and Regional Council, as identified in The Citizens’ Priorities- Halton Region’s 2011-2014 Action Plan. Over the next 10 years, Halton Region expects to spend more than $2 billion on water and wastewater infrastructure. These investments will help reduce your commute time, expand your water supply, and ensure the health of all residents and our natural environment through our infrastructure improvement program.

Halton’s Transportation Master Plan, a 20-year, $2.4 billion capital investment plan will support growth in the Region to 2031 and ensure that transportation improvements are in place to meet demand. By the end of 2016, the Regional road network across Halton will have grown to 1,087 kilometres of lanes. In addition, 217 kilometres of shared or dedicated on-road bike lanes and off-road multi-use pathways will have been provided as part of the Region’s Active Transportation Master Plan.

Construction is a critical component of supporting the water service, wastewater collection and transportation needs of our growing community. Over the next three years (to 2016), whether you’re impacted by the $430 million Regional investment in road improvements in the Town of Milton and Town of Halton Hills or the $300 million investment in road improvements to the Dundas Street corridor in Oakville and Burlington, we appreciate your patience as we continue to implement the plans that support our great communities.

Through sound fiscal management, Halton Region has delivered quality programs and services for residents while maintaining an average zero per cent tax increase for the past seven years. I’m proud to say that this is one of the best records in all of Canada.

For details on construction projects on what’s happening now and what’s planned for the Region’s busiest construction areas, visit www.halton.ca/construction to sign up for our e-newsletter.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Tell us what you want to know about infrastructure

Halton residents consider infrastructure planning and construction to be key priorities for the Region. Building a Better Halton, our long-term infrastructure plan will support the growth across the region to the year 2031, with a total investment of approximately $3 billion.

In 2010, a series of focus groups was conducted to investigate what residents wanted to know about infrastructure planning and construction, and how they wished to be informed. That research led to the development of a communications strategy to engage and inform residents, business owners and commuters about the construction projects taking place across the region and our plans for future infrastructure maintenance and growth.

Our specially-branded communications efforts for the Building a Better Halton programBBH Logo have included highly-visible roadside signs for construction work, timely correspondence with affected residents and business owners, dedicated online resources (www.halton.ca/construction), print advertising and media relations.

We have recently developed new ways to increase awareness and understanding of the Region’s long-term infrastructure plan such as the interactive mapping tool for construction projects that we are now testing on our website and dedicated e-newsletters for key construction areas, currently Dundas Street in Burlington and Oakville, and Steeles Avenue in Milton and Halton Hills.

Construction affects all of us – on major roadways and local streets, in our newest as well as our most established communities. Halton Region has been working hard to keep you informed about our construction projects and the related impact on roads and neighbourhoods. Now it’s time to tell us what you think about our efforts.

Later this month, we’ll be issuing our next MVP (My View Point) survey to evaluate how effective we’ve been and identify areas where we can improve. If you’d like to be a part of the survey panel, please register by January 20, 2013 at www.halton.ca/MVP.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

A reminder to Share the Road

On Sunday September 23, the seventh annual Share the Road for Greg Ride will take place in Halton Region.  The ride celebrates the memory of OPP Sgt. Greg Stobbart, who was struck by a vehicle while cycling on Tremaine Road.  This event does a great job to raise awareness about cycling safety in Halton Region and communities across Canada.

The Share the Road ride departs from Kelso Conservation Area.  Ride distances are 30 km, 50 km and 100 km.

Halton’s Share the Road Program aims to educate all road and path users including motorists, pedestrians and cyclists about road safety and helps remind both cyclists and drivers that they have a responsibility to obey the rules of the road.

In 2002, Halton Region installed “Share the Road” signs at various places in our road network to help raise motorist awareness of popular cycling routes, particularly in rural areas.

Recently, Halton Region updated the Cycling in Halton map.  This easy-to use map not only includes a bird’s eye view of the entire Region, but also recommends seven loop rides with suggested routes that include urban areas and nearby scenic, rural roads suitable for cycling.  With over 300 kilometres of Regional roads we are working hard to ensure that cars and cyclists can share the road.

Halton has also started to develop its first Active Transportation Master Plan to develop the required strategy, infrastructure, initiatives and programs that will make it easier to walk, bike and roll across Halton.  Visit the website and provide your input help us build a better Halton.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Making it easier to walk, bike and roll across Halton

Halton Region is creating a 20-year vision for active transportation across Halton by developing the first Regional Active Transportation Master Plan. This exciting new project will give us a strategy for our active transportation infrastructure, such as bike lanes, as well as initiatives and programs to promote people-powered travel through the Region.

This Plan will help connect our communities, while making it easier for people to walk, bike and roll around Halton. By looking at our existing infrastructure, identifying ways to improve it, looking at different opportunities and working with residents, we’ll be able to show what the best possible active transportation system will look like up to the year 2031.   

We hear about Active Transportation a fair bit, but what does it actually mean? Active Transportation is using human power to get around. It includes walking, biking, skateboarding, using mobility devices, rollerblading or any other form of human powered transportation.

As Regional Government, we want to design a network of safe, connected and convenient routes and to integrate these into the community. This will help us to provide facilities that will give people greater choice in how they travel throughout our Region, and will encourage physical activity.

Working together is critical, so we’re not only listening to residents, but we’ll also be working closely with the Region’s Health Department and the Local Municipalities.

We need to hear from you so we can understand the priorities and perspectives of the people who live, work, raise a family and retire in Halton. Please visit our website at www.halton.ca/activetransportation to fill out an online feedback form; email us at activetransportation@halton.ca; or dial 311 to share your feedback.

Working together, we can make it easier to walk, bike and roll across Halton.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Hitting the road with Halton’s updated cycling map

In Halton Region, we are fortunate to have a beautiful natural environment with the Niagara Escarpment, Lake Ontario and an abundance of creeks, rolling hills, open spaces and trails. Many people like to get outside and enjoy nature by hiking or cycling.

If you want to cycle within Halton, we now have an up-to-date map that can help. The 2012 Cycling in Halton map is an easy to use map that not only includes a bird’s eye view of the entire Region, but also recommends seven loop rides.

The loop rides (in Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville) are suggested routes that include urban areas and nearby scenic, rural roads suitable for cycling.

Riding your bike can be much more than a fun, healthy, recreational activity. You can also use it to get to the grocery store or to work. Did you know that 1/3 of all trips by car in Halton are less than 5 km? Imagine how many cars could come off our roads if some of those trips were taken by bicycle instead.  Not only will it help you be more physically active, but cycling is one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transportation. Visit your municipality’s websites for more information on bike lanes and paths in your neighbourhood.

Recently Smart Commute Halton hosted several Bike to Work Day events around the Region, including the First Annual City Wide Bike to Work Day Breakfast in Burlington. It was wonderful to see so many people putting their feet to the pedal and engaging in active transportation, making the most of our infrastructure.

Whether you’re cycling along our waterfront in Oakville and Burlington or more northerly in Milton and Halton Hills, there’s something for everyone who wants to get outside and stay active.

We starting work to develop Halton’s first Active Transportation Master Plan and I’d like to encourage you all to participate in its creation. This plan will help make it easier to walk, bike and roll across Halton and input from you will be critical.

For a copy of the Cycling in Halton Map is, please dial 311, email accesshalton@halton.ca or come in to the Regional headquarters at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville.

I hope you enjoy cycling in Halton. You will see why Halton Region is such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

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If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”