Municipality: City of Brampton Implementation: 2009-01-01
Policy Name: T&T Master Plan (TTMP) Contact: Jacqueline Svedas
Department: Planning, Design, and Development Title: Coordinator, Special Project
Focus:
Community profile:

  • Brampton is located in the Region of Peel, northwest of the City of Toronto covering a land area of 266.8 square Kilometers
  • The 2011 census indicated the population of Brampton was 523,911; expected to increase to 738,000 by 2031
  • Two major Highways intersect through Brampton, Highway 410 and 407
  • Public transit is provided by the City itself, and is connected with Mississauga Transit, York Region transit, Go Transit and Toronto Transit Commission
  • Brampton’s park system encompasses 3,463 hectares and 365 kilometres of trails and pathways
  • Over 1,000 km of multi-use trails and paths in Peel Region, 69 multi use trails
  • Brampton is the location for numerous large companies Canadian head offices such as: Rogers communication inc, Loblaw Companies Ltd, contributing as major employers

Short Description:

Pathways master plan contains provision for the construction of 510km of new trails, bike lanes and signed routes for pedestrians and cyclists. The document contains recommendations for new width requirements, increased use of bike lanes, and expansion and increasing connectivity of current path system.

TTMP: The Plan provides commitment to improving infrastructure of active transportation by providing new facilities and a more connected, grid style network of transportation routes. 

Background:

Pathways master plan

  • In June 2002, the City of Brampton's City Council received the Pathways Master Plan.
  • This is a long term plan that seeks to address the growing population and employment as well as the resulting transportation issue, while fostering a community.
  • The policy is intended to contribute to achieving the City's vision of a vibrant city with an efficient transportation model, and open space infrastructure.
  • The PMP goals are to minimize the risk to its customers, serve residents modal choices, take residents where they want to go, and offer the experiences sought by residents.
  • Construction of 510km of new trails, bike lanes and signed routes for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • The PMP actions are to: Develop pathways for all uses; adopt the Pathways Network Plan; improve and expand Pathways in a logical manner (one that capitalizes on bringing in the current inventory up to the recommended standards followed by the expansion of the network in a reasonable timeframe); adopt maintenance regime that the city can resource at a level the community expects.

Through the completion of Pathways Master Plan, Brampton will:

  • Serve a broad range of users and interests
  • Provide safe and diverse on and off-road experiences
  • Link all residents with desirable or important destinations
  • Be accessible to all residents within a five-minute bike ride or fifteen-minute walk
  • Be flexible to meet the evolving needs of residents

Note: In May 2013, Brampton's City Council directed staff to report back with a term of reference to update the Pathways Master Plan.

Transportation Master Plan (TTMP)

  • In 2004, the City of Brampton's City Council approved the Transportation and Transit Master Plan, which was later updated in 2009.
  • The TTMP Sustainable Update is designed to be a strategic planning document to guide the implementation of transportation investments, policies and actions aimed at achieving a sustainable, balanced future transportation network that will meet the City's needs until 2031 and beyond.
  • The 2009 update builds on the 2004 vision and that reaffirms the City's commitment to sustainable development, protection of the natural environment, economic vitality, and healthy communities - and at the same time provides safe, affordable, and efficient transportation for people and goods.
  • Some key policies building on the 2004 TTMP vision include: public transit is the first priority for moving people, provision of a safe and comfortable pedestrain network, increased modal share of transit, optimized goods movement systems.

Focusing on 4 indicators to measure success

  • Transit utilization (transit ridership per capita)
  • Modal shift (proportion of local transit and GO transit trips in pm peak hour traffic)
  • Walking and cycling (modal share of walking and cycling during the pm peak period. Modal share measured as percentage of all trips (motorized and non-motorized))
  • Road network congestion (volume to capacity ratio on northbound and southbound screenlines, peak direction of travel during the pm peak hour)
  • The Transportation Master Plan is in the process of being updated again, with a final document anticipated in 2014

Bicycle Facilities Implementation Program (BFIP)

  • In May 2013, Brampton City Council approved a program to implement bicycle facilities on Brampton roadways as part of the annual resurfacing and restriping program.
  • All of Brampton's municipal arterial and collector roads are considered "candidates" for a bicycle facility, subject to criteria set out within the program.

Primary Drivers:

Traffic congestion, air quality, quality of life.

Enablers:

Regional government incorporated Pathway standards into their new road program. This significcantly increased the number of trails available to Brampton residents. 

Obstacles:

Engineering Standards – not willing to incorporate multi-use trails or bike lanes within the road right of way.

Opportunities:

Pathway Implementation Team continues to meet on a regular basis

Outcome:

  • Long-term capital budget to ensure consistent spending on infrastructure, and to coordinate timing of capital projects
  • Promote the use of active transportation through both infrastructure and programming to improve the health of Brampton residents and air quality throughout the Region
  • Increase the modal share of cycling and walking for short trips

Lessons Learned:

The importance of involvement from all departments throughout the policy development process to ensure that all needs are met, issues are addressed, and implementation is clear once the plan is complete

Applicability Across Ontario:

Half of active transportation/pathways master plans are more technical in nature, essentially forming an agglomeration of industry standards to be used in the municipality. These standards are generally used Province-wide and have applicability across Ontario. Other municipalities can use this document as background information in forming their own pathways hierarchies, developing maintenance standards, or programming initiatives. 

Similar Tools Used by Other Municipalities:

A thorough policy review of other municipalities’ master plans was undertaken as part of this master plan creation. Other municipalities create a hierarchy of pathways/trails and specify the maintenance regime accordingly. The City of Brampton continuously reviews other municipalities’ pathways/trails master plans for information. 

Further Information:

City of Brampton

City of Brampton Pathways Mater Plan

City of Brampton Transportation Master Plan

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Half of active transportation/pathways master plans Additional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Scan Update Questions:

  1. Were there any community groups that were engaged in the development and implementation of the Plan? If so, what were some of the outcomes of their engagement? And what were some of the lessions learned from the community engagement?  - No community groups have been involved. There are no identifiable cycling groups in Brampton.
  2. Have you developed any road or trail standards that aim to improve pedestrian and bicycling opportunities and infrastructure? Ex. Road design guidelines that require the inclusion or consideration of active transportation infrastructure? Complete streets policies, guidelines?  - Yes. We have developed a series of Engineering Road standards to incorporate multi-use paths and bike lanes.
  3. What is the process your municipality has put in place to report on the progress of the Plan?  - Bi-annual Council Reports
  4. Has your jurisdiction undertaken any pedestrian and cycling counts? If so, how did you undertake them? What outcomes resulted from the counts?  - No, we have not.
  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?  - Transit - at major bus stops places to lock-up your bike are provided. Every transit bus has been outfitted with bike racks.
  6. Has your jurisdiction considered aging populations in the bicycle and pedestrian plan and if so, what resulted from that consideration?  - No.
  7. Has your jurisdiction considered low-powered vehicles (ex. E-bikes)? If so, how are they being integrated?  - No.
  8. Is your municipality a Smart Commute employer?  - Yes.
  9. Does your municipality have any pedestrian and bicycling certifications? Bike Friendly Community?  - The City is in the process of becoming a Bike Friendly Community.
  10. How does your municipality use bikes? ex. Police on bikes, by-laws?  - Police use bikes.