Erica Warsh, Active Transportation Coordinator, 905-619-2529 ext. 3238
Town of Ajax
Ajax Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan
Ajax Transportation Master Plan Update
Ajax Accessibility Plan
Additional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Scan Update Questions: No need to answer all of these. Whatever information you may have regarding the below questions would be extremely useful to other jurisdictions.
1. Were there any community groups that were engaged in the development and/implementation of the Plan? Ajax Trails Committee, Durham District School Board, Durham Region Health Department, Durham Region Planning Department, Citizens, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Metrolinx, City of Pickering, TRCA
2. Has there been any discussion regarding how a Complete Streets Policy may fit in with the goals of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan? If so, what steps have been taken in developing a Complete Streets policy?
The Town of Ajax endorsed a Complete Streets policy in February, 2013 through the Transportation Master Plan Update. The principles of Complete Streets are already included through Amendment No. 40 to the Town of Ajax Official Plan.
3. Have you developed any road or trail standards that aim to improve pedestrian and bicycling opportunities and infrastructure? The Town has included on-road cycling infrastructure in the design of roads projects including Audley Road. Bicycle Lanes have been incorporated in the Church Street Improvements Environmental Assessment. The Town adopted Complete Street policies through the Transportation Master Plan Update in February, 2013.
4. Has your jurisdiction undertaken any pedestrian and cycling counts, if so how did you undertake them? What outcomes resulted from the counts?
We currently have one embedded cycling counter located on Fairall Street in Ajax. This is a major cycling route with bike lanes that leads to the Ajax GO Station. The counter was installed in September of 2010 and collects data in 15 minute intervals. That data is then transferred to an online web-server that can be used to analyze the counts. The counts have showed that use of this particular bike lane drops off throughout the winter months but is heavily used in the spring, summer and fall.
5. What other transportation plans has your jurisdiction developed? Can you tell us a bit about how your jurisdiction has addressed the inter-connectivity between your various transportation plans?
The Town has completed its Transportation Master Plan Update in February, 2013. The Town has also completed its Official Plan Review, and through OPA 40, has completely revised its transportation policies which now includes policies on Active Transportation stemming from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.
6. What staff resources do you have allocated to the implementation of your bicycle and pedestrian plan? How many staff? Overall budget? % of total transportation budget allocated to active transportation?
The Town has recently hired an Active Transportation Coordinator for plan implementation, communication and outreach. The Town also uses staff from Operations and Environmental Services and a Landscape Architect to implement specific active transportation projects.
7. Has your jurisdiction considered aging populations in the bicycle and pedestrian plan and if so what resulted from that consideration? Yes, we have an accessibility plan, linked to below, that outlines way to ensure inclusive design for all road users.
8. Has your jurisdiction considered low-powered vehicles (ex. E-bikes)? If so how are they being integrated?
As a Town, we are looking into the integration of e-bikes to ensure the safety of all road and trail users. We currently consider e-bikes to be vehicles and they are not currently allowed on our trail system. In the future we will undertake an educational campaign regarding the appropriate use of e-bikes.
9. Has your jurisdiction encountered any safety issues? Vandalism? If so how have your addressed them?
When vandalism occurs and is reported it is removed as quickly as possible.
10. Is your municipality a Smart Commute employer? If so if and how does that inter-act with the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans? Yes, we are a smart commute employer. Making improvements to the network will help increase the number of employees who participate.
11. Does your municipality have any pedestrian and bicycling certifications? Bike Friendly Community? We are a Bronze Level Bike Friendly Community
12. How does your municipality use bikes? ex – Police on bikes, by-laws?
Durham Regional Police Service has a bike unit in the spring and summer months that patrol the Town on their bicycles. They also attend some public events to promote cycling safety and educated the public on proper cycling practices.
13. Has your jurisdictional considered the increasing levels of health concerns (ex. Increasing obesity levels among children)? If so what resulted from the consideration? How has this factored into the plan?)
Obesity levels are always a concern and can be combated by increasing levels of active transportation but also through educating children and adults about the health benefits of staying active. This messaging is being incorporated into the Active and Safe Routes to School program and is also expressed on the Town’s website. The Town also has an Active Living Coordinator who also promotes active lifestyles to residents.
Is your jurisdiction providing programs regarding the environment and transportation (ex. bike to work/school programs, carpool etc). We are initiating an Active and Safe Routes to School program as a pilot project in one of our elementary schools this year. We hope to expand to other schools throughout the municipality in the future.