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.”

Still a few days left to spring into action with Halton Tourism’s photo contest

With endless opportunities for entertainment, recreation, education, relaxation and fun, Halton Region is a true four season community. From beautiful gardens, farmers’ markets and heritage attractions, to biking and hiking trails, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.

Tourism contest

This May, residents and visitors have been sharing their favourite local spring activities in a Halton Region “Spring into Action” photo contest.  There is still time for you to submit a photo with your favourite spring outdoor activity or location for a chance to win a $100 gift card at Burlington’s Mapleview Centre. The contest runs until May 31.

Looking for ideas of things to see and do in Halton this spring? Visit the Region’s tourism webpages, Discovering Halton and our welcome to Halton video, Tourism in Halton.   You can also find Halton Tourism on Facebook or join the conversation on Twitter @HaltonTourism or on Pinterest at pinterest.com/haltontourism.

I invite you to grab your camera, hop on your bike or take a walk around your neighbourhood, snap some photos and enter our contest.  With your help, and through the power of social media, we can share what you love about Halton in springtime with the rest of the world!

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.”

Creating healthy communities through active transportation

In Halton we have many programs and policies in place (and in development) that support Halton as a great place to be active and live sustainably. We value citizen’s input in the work that we do, and a great example of this is the Health Department’s walkON program.

walkON is a program that promotes the idea of the walkable, bikeable, and transit walkOnsupportive communities, encouraging people to walk, bike or take transit as an alternative to driving.

One of the unique features of this program is that it is based on a partnership that includes many different members of our community. Some of these members include:

  • Citizens
  • Activists
  • Government staff
  • Elected officials
  • Service providers
  • Businesses

The role of the Health Department is to coordinate and bring people together and to support communities that are working to organize and improve their neighbourhoods. walkON also offers a variety of tools to help support those interested in making a change. In 2012, the program focused on delivering two successful multi-sectoral workshops, as laid out in our Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan.

The first workshop was held in Georgetown and focused on the walkability, safety and accessibility of older adults. The end result of the workshop was that commitments were made by both the Town and residents to inquire about local infrastructure changes to help seniors access local shops with ease.

The second workshop held in Oakville has led to a coalition of many existing partners called the Oakville Sustainable Transportation Coalition. This coalition is still in its infancy and they are building on the Town’s strong policy base to work hand-in-hand making walking, cycling and transit use more practical for its local residents.

Currently Halton Region is creating an Active Transportation Master Plan to help connect our communities.  To learn more about how you can get involved, or if you would like to learn more about walkON and other health related programs, please dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca.

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.”

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.

Municipal cycling web pages:

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.”

Bike in Halton and enjoy all we have to offer

From flat urban paths to rolling rural routes, cycling in Halton can appeal to any level of cyclist.

Recently, we updated the Cycling in Halton Map. The cycling map will help you plan routes throughout the Region and provides helpful tips for safe cycling. Seven routes are highlighted in addition to the on-road bike lanes, and multi-use paths through each municipality.

Riding your bike can be much more than a fun, healthy, recreational activity. You can also use it for riding 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? That’s a distance that can easily be biked! 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.

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.

The Cycling in Halton Map will be ready in early May. If you would like a copy of the Cycling in Halton Map, please dial 311, email accesshalton@halton.ca or come in to the Regional headquarters at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville.

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

Municipal cycling web pages:

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