Cycling Master Plan
Burlington Cycling Master Plan http://cms.burlington.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?did=12331
Burlington Cycling Master Plan Progress Update: http://cms.burlington.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?did=17381
Quarterly updates are provided to City Council as necessary. http://cms.burlington.ca/Page7934.aspx#Take+Action+Burlington
Transportation Master Plan – www.burlington.ca/goyourway
Plains Road Corridor Functional Design and Implementation Strategy - http://cms.burlington.ca/Page7387.aspx
Vision for Downtown Burlington www.burlington.ca/downtownvision
Official Plan Review www.burlington.ca/opreview
Community Trails Master Plan (report http://cms.burlington.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?did=23574)
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? If so, what were some of the outcomes of their engagement? And what were some of the lessons learned from the community engagement?
Burlington cycling committee was involved with the cycling master plan
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?
This is something the Planning Dept is reviewing and also our transportation master plan. In Burlington we also have Plains Road village vision. All the information is online.
3. Have you developed any road or trail standards that aim to improve pedestrian and bicycling opportunities and infrastructure?
Every time widening road, provide bike lanes with proper signage, on multi use paths install way finding signage, hydro corridors and most road crossing way finding maps, stating blank is x distance
4. What is the process your municipality has put in place to report on the progress of the Plan?
We write a report every year or every second year, stating what was done and what the challenges were. We work with the communication section to make sure that every cycling program is promoted as much as possible
5. Has your jurisdiction undertaken any pedestrian and cycling counts, if so how did you undertake them? What outcomes resulted from the counts?
Cycling counts on road, installed tubes counters that pick up cyclists and cars, and break it down x amount of cyclist on roads, leave them on roads for 7 days, for multi use paths attempted to install tubes but vandalism was an issue. In the process of acquiring counters that are portable and work for multi use paths, but don’t differentiate between cyclists and pedestrians. Counts are used for public meetings, to illustrate numbers of cyclists, use counts for these reports and to keep an eye on the modal split of the city.
6. 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?
We fall under Halton region, work with other municipalities, working with Halton region master transportation plan, make sure were all on the space page, working to increase cycling. We also work with Hamilton when it comes to cycling, example of that would be the lift bridge multi-use path on the lake side.
7. 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?
2.5 full time, 1 full time at the city and 1.5 at the region. $55,000 for minor cycling improvements, signage, pavement markings, EA. Majority of our bike lanes come from reconstruction projects, which have a separate budget (engineering).
8. Has your jurisdiction considered aging populations in the bicycle and pedestrian plan and if so what resulted from that consideration?
Yes, through the Cycling Committee we promote cycling for aging populations at events (7 events in summer 2013) and in libraries in the fall. These seminars are aimed at improving cycling for all age groups.
9. Has your jurisdiction considered low-powered vehicles (ex. E-bikes)? If so how are they being integrated?
Our traffic section is working on by laws for E-Bikes
10. Has your jurisdiction encountered any safety issues such as vandalism? If so how have your addressed them?
Counters on multi use trails have been vandalized, but not really. At 3 communities centres secure bike parking was installed. Covered bike racks with surveillance and bike lockers are in place at city hall.
11. 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 member of Smart Commute Halton. We participate in Bike to Work Day and Smart Commute events. We’ve also received funding for initiatives such as bicycle racks, lockers in City Hall change rooms (to encourage active transportation), etc.
12. Does your municipality have any pedestrian and bicycling certifications? Bike Friendly Community?
Bike Friendly Community – Bronze.
13. How does your municipality use bikes?
On May 27, the City of Burlington became the first municipality in Halton Region to launch a bike share program for city staff. The initiative, in partnership with Smart Commute Halton, will encourage the use of sustainable transportation, decrease staff dependence on single-occupancy vehicles, increase physical activity in short distance commuting and foster a culture of cycling in the city. Staff can sign out one of two bicycles which are stored at City Hall. A lunch and learn information session was held on May 16th in advance of the launch. The session was presented by Cycle Toronto and attended by 16 people.
About two years ago, our roads and parks maintenance dept acquired a bicycle. Police use bikes occasionally, bike to work day to encourage employees to ride their bike, on last bike to work day we organized a bike ride for employees and aiming to organize monthly bike rides for city hall employees.
14. 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
Yes. We work with Halton Region who are responsible for health.
15. Is your jurisdiction providing programs regarding the environment and transportation (ex. bike to work/school programs, carpool etc)
Yes, for city staff through Smart Commute Halton.