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Improving the Ability to Get Around Kilometres of Active Transportation Routes

icons Council Strategic Plan Report

Kilometres of Active
Transportation Routes

Kilometres of active transportation routes is one of three key performance indicators relating to the Improving the Ability to Get Around priority, one of five priorities outlined in City Council's 2018–2022 Strategic Plan.

Why this Measure Matters

Improving the active transportation network in the City provides viable options for the community to choose active transportation options making this a good leading indicator. Active transportation routes include bike and walking trails, bike lanes and sidewalks.

2019 Performance

The City currently has 973 km of active transportation routes.

 Built in 2019
Bicycle LanesZero (0) km
Sidewalks/ Trails2.154 km
Source: Development Services department. The data included in this chart corresponds to the cycling infrastructure and sidewalks that were built in 2019. If the infrastructure was constructed, paid for and in used in 2019, then it is included above.

2019 Activities

In 2019, the City built 2.154 km of sidewalks and trails. The City has made a concentrated effort in the last five yeas to build active transportation options.

Active Transportation Strategy / Update to the Multi-Model Active Transportation Master Plan / Trails Master Plan 2019

This plan provides a blueprint for enhancing walking and cycling infrastructure, programs and initiatives over the next 20+ years. It identifies long-term recommendations to help guide implementation and provides City staff and its partners with tools, references and guidelines to aid in the future of active transportation decision making.

Active Transportation Planning Techniques

  • Adding Bicycle Lanes to a portion of a roadway designated by pavement markers
  • Installing Sharrows a road marking which shows a bicycle with two chevrons. It is meant to be a reminder for residents to share the road when driving or cycling, but unlike a bike lane, a sharrow does not impact on-street parking. In addition to the pavement marking symbol, supplemental road signs are also posted to remind users to “Share the Road”.
  • Road Diets, reallocating space on the roadway to other modes of transportation, such as cycling or transit    
  • Urban shoulder is a painted white edge line that creates a separated cycling facility from the vehicle travel lanes where dedicated cycling facilities are not provided. An urban shoulder improves the operation and safety for cyclists as it provides a separate travel lane from vehicle travel, and offset from roadside obstructions such as catch basins.
  • Road Right-sizing takes large roadways with under-capacity traffic (low volumes) and introduce steps to provide bicycle lanes and opportunities for residents to access their properties without disrupting through traffic. The improvements benefit all modes of transportation including transit, bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. Benefits include traffic calming, reduced collisions and injuries, improved mobility and access, and improved livability and quality of life. Traffic Services staff perform Before & After Studies on roadways to gauge effectiveness.

2020 Planned Activities

Continued advancement of the work outlined in the master plans.

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