Monday, July 17, 2017
Town Council has approved the updated Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP), making getting around Oakville on foot or by bike even easier. The 2017 ATMP Update, which will be used to guide new infrastructure over the next 20-plus years, identifies approximately 706 kilometres of planned active transportation routes including sidewalks, paved shoulders, multi-use trails, signed bike routes, buffered cycle lanes, and major off-road trails and pathways.
“Council is committed to providing residents and visitors with convenient and healthy alternatives to getting around Oakville,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This update builds on the success of the many cycling and walking projects completed within the last eight years and will help us set our priorities for the future. It’s one more way we’re making a more livable Oakville.”
The ATMP was introduced in 2009 and recommends an extensive network of facilities composed of on-road and off-road paths designed to respond to the needs of a range of active transportation users, ages and skill levels. Since then a total of 193 kilometres of bike lanes, pathways and signed bike routes have been implemented as well as 110 bike racks across town. Currently, Oakville’s 104.42 kilometres of bike paths and lanes per 100,000 residents is among the highest of cities worldwide, according to the World Council on City Data.
The 2017 ATMP Update was developed following extensive public and stakeholder consultation, and aims to expand and improve active transportation in Oakville to ensure a connected network of facilities that are safe, convenient, comfortable, and accessible. As well, the plan provides for continued promotional and educational programs to encourage cycling and walking year-round.
Funding for the active transportation program comes from several sources including provincial and federal governments, Halton Region and the town’s capital budgets for new and existing facilities. Earlier this year, through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, the federal government supported the expansion of the multi-use accessible Crosstown Trail.
The town is accepting public input on the 2017 ATMP Update. From now until August 25, residents can visit oakville.ca to view the plan and provide feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.