Monday, May 4, 2015
Winnipeg - Should the city go ahead with its $330 million plan for active transportation strategies?
Winnipeg Sun Poll. See results.
The plan will include restoring heritage buildings, building new ones and developing more green space and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure. Read more.
Skateboarders and their supporters rolled into Mount Pleasant Park on Sunday morning to express their opposition to the potential closure of the little facility. Read more.
Though the plan has not yet been approved by city council, the new initiative is intended to act as a blueprint for infrastructure planning and active transportation programs that could potentially make walking and cycling simpler. City officials said thousands of people showed their support through online and telephone surveys, public open houses, stakeholder meetings, workshops, and through the project's website. Read more.
Friday, May 1, 2015
“Sometimes a bike isn’t just a bike – sometimes it’s an indicator too. The presence of many bikes out and about can be a visual indicator that a community has been built at more of a human scale, and that the mobility of people, not just cars, is an important element of the community’s plans. Places where more people are riding their bikes are places where more children are getting to school actively and safely, where local businesses flourish, where neighbourhoods are friendly and vibrant, and where investment and tourism dollars tend to flow. Read more.
Jeremy Huet, Senior Engineer with the Town of Okotoks says the proposal fits with both what the community wants and the Town's overall vision. "Some of the feedback from the visioning workshops put high priority on active transportation, connectivity and connectivity to the downtown," Huet says. "I think this project aligns well with some of the visions themes and goals." Read more.
“As a result of this phased expansion the annual municipal contribution to support transit is projected to grow from $8.1 million in 2011 to $12.7 million in 2015,” according to transit documents. Council has endorsed the extra funding for transit as part of its goal to increase active transportation. Read more.
School Travel Planning programs have been running in the province since 2007. Last year, 24 schools were involved. More wanted in. More always wanted in, so they could get their hands on support to create walking school buses, connector routes from schools to local rail trails and access funds to build bike racks. What was a $105,000 annual investment by the Department of Health and Wellness is now cut to zero. Read more.
After several months of discussion, the Annapolis County council has adopted the active transportation plan for the municipality. Read more.