Municipality: Region of Peel Implementation: 2012-02-01
Policy Name: The Region of Peel Active Transportation Plan Contact: Margie Chung
Department: Public Works Title: Principal Transportation Planner
Focus:
Community profile:

  • Peel Region, North West of the City of Toronto covering a land area 1,246.89 square kilometers.
  • In 2011, the population of Peel Region was 1,296,814; the population is expected to increase to 1.64 million by 2031.
  • Peel Region has various highways running through it: 410, 407, 401, 403, 409, 427 and QEW
  • Public transportation is provided by local area municipalities (Mississauga and Brampton)
  • 852 KM of Bike Lanes, Paved Multi-use Trails and Unpaved off-road Multi-use Trails

Short Description:

The Active Transportation Plan provides a framework for how the Region will increase the share of trips by walking and cycling, linking with transit, and creating a pedestrian and cycling friendly environment.

 

Background:

  • On February 9, 2012, Peel Regional Council approved Peel Region's Active Transportation Plan (The Plan).
  • The Plan takes a collaborative approach and includes municipal staff, and input from internal and external stakeholders including the general public.
  • The Plan provides a framework for how the Region will increase the share of trips by walking and cycling, linking with transit, and creating a pedestrian and cycling friendly environment.
  • The Plan is a long term strategy that consists of three implementation phases. The first two phases are (1-5 years and 6-20 years) form a recommended 20-year implementation plan (up to 2031). The third phase forms the longer term strategy (2031+)
  • The Plan has an implementation strategy that includes estimated financial investment that tie into the Region's capital plan, tools for performance monitoring and evaluation, and a design guide for infrastructure design.
  • The Active transportation plan has specific recommendation for each municipality within the region (Brampton, Mississauga, and Caledon).

The Active Transportation Plan aims to address the following four goals:

  • To protect, enhance and restore the environment, improve air quality, and mitigate and adapt to climate chance.
  • To support and influence sustainable transportation systems by supporting an improved and integrated active transportation, transit and land-use system that effectively moves people and goods through Peel Region.
  • To maintain and improve the health of Peel’s community by influencing healthy living through community design.
  • To strive for continued excellence as a municipal government by strengthening coordination between area municipalities, promote a supportive environment for healthy weighs by reducing overweigh/obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease through increased physical activity.

Plan recommendations include:

  • The Plan should be reviewed every five years to determine its applicability and provide any necessary updates to the Plan.
  • The roles for the Region of peel in active transportation have emerged in policy development, promotion and marketing, and network development.
  • Strengthen and align the active transportation policies in the Regional Official Plan amendment 22 to reflect the vision as developed in the Active Transportation plan. Incorporate into the Peel Region Official Plan Amendment 26 and review the need for an active transportation schedule at the next Official Plan update.
  • Endorse additional supportive policies within the Plan organized around four key themes: Build Knowledge and Design Strategies; Implement the AT Plan; Shift the Regional Road Character; and Create AT friendly development and communities.
  • Short term strategies for the Region include: Deliver and monitor the Walk and Roll campaign; Meet annually with stakeholders regarding Walk & Roll Peel; Assist in the delivery of the Region’s Five year TDM Social marketing Plan; Develop an annual business plan for the above; work with the area municipalities to review the options and feasibility of experiential marketing and guerilla efforts near and active transportation infrastructure; encourage area municipalities to provide marketing and communications support for the walk and roll Peel campaign.
  • The longer term strategy for AT Behavioural Shift programming is for the Region of Peel to conduct community based social marketing (CBSM) efforts amongst neighbourhoods and activity centres with access to existing active transportation infrastructure. This should be done in collaboration and partnership with the area municipalities, including program development, implementation and evaluation.
  • The Region support area municipalities in monitoring the implementation of public bike systems in North America and provide support for a high level feasibility review over the next five years.
  • The Region and area municipalities should work within the Regional Tourism Organizations to promote active transportation tourism in the region, with the Region’s AT coordinator as liaison between the RTOs and the area municipalities.
  • The Region will assist in providing bicycle parking and other end of trip facilities by: Encouraging the area municipalities to adopt design guidelines; encouraging the area municipalities to revise zoning by-laws and development policies, as required for all land uses except single family; providing end of trip facilities at all regional owned properties as appropriate; work with area municipalities to develop a bicycle parking program to encourage the retrofit of bicycle racks at existing developments including schools.
  • AT should be accommodated with all Regional road corridors to provide access to adjacent land uses and destinations; provided generally in separate space along Regional roads, such as sidewalks and boulevard trail for pedestrians, bike lanes, segregated bike lanes and paved shoulders (on rural roads) for cyclists, where possible and feasible; and provided generally in existing/planned regional road rights of way width in order to contribute to creating more compact, multimodal corridors.
  • Where possible connect and integrate the Regional active transportation network with existing and planned transit services, stops and stations.
  • Additional recommendations for local municipality AT Plans and actions (pp 93,95,96 of AT Plan)

Primary Drivers:

There are many benefits to active transportation such as health, environment, economic, tourism, and transportation sustainability.  The Region’s Active Transportation rates are low compared to other Canadian cities.  Regional Council directed staff to work in collaboration with area municipal staff to develop an integrated Peel Active Transportation Plan.

Secondary Drivers:

Greater awareness among municipal staff recognizing increase traffic congestion, population growth, and health impacts.

 

Enablers:

Region is able to use federal gas tax as a funding source to implement the propose active transportation network.

Champions:

Peel Health and area municipal staff have been a great partner in moving the plan forward

Councillor Chris Fonseca is a member of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee

Obstacles:

Physical barriers to creating an active transportation network, improve processes to better accommodate active transportation into decisions

Opportunities:

The Region and local area municipalities have established a common vision to built active and healthy communities

Obstacles:

  • Shifting travel behaviour
  • HTA and legislation review

Opportunities:

  • Building partnership with Schools and School boards to encourage more students to walk and cycle through the School Travel Planning program
  • The Ontario Cycling Strategy provides a framework and support to improve cycling in Ontario and provides a first step to work with MTO to improve some of the physical barriers created through freeways and highway interchanges.  In addition, provides a framework for municipalities across Ontario to build bicycle friendly communities.

Outcome:

The Region has been implementing the recommendations in the AT Plan since the approval.  Active Transportation facilities are implemented through Roads capital projects, environmental assessment studies, resurfacing projects, Active Transportation projects.  The Region is implementing School Travel Planning to encourage more students to walk.  The Region has establish the Walk N Roll Website which include a Region wide trail map and cycling and walking tips to raise awareness of the benefits of walking and cycling and the existing trails.  An annual progress report on Active Transportation is prepared for Regional Council.  

Lessons Learned:

  • Importance of stakeholder input
  • Importance of support from Senior Management and leadership
  • Importance of support from local area municipalities
  • Improving Process within internal divisions to better accommodate active transportation into the Region's decisions
  • Voluntary / mandatory policy implementation / incremental mandatory requirements
  • Staff Training

Applicability Across Ontario:

The implementation strategy

Similar Tools Used by Other Municipalities:

  • Sharing best practices in active transportation facility design;
  • Sharing best practices in programming;
  • Sharing best practices in monitoring implementation efforts.

 

Further Information:

Region of Peel
www.peelregion.ca

Region of Peel’s Active Transportation Plan
http://www.walkandrollpeel.ca/projects/2010pats.htm

Walk and Roll Peel: One Stop shop for active transportation resources, services and infrastructure in Peel Region and local area municipalities. http://www.walkandrollpeel.ca/

2012 AT Progress Report

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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?

  • Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee
  • Accessibility Committees
  • Caledon Cycling club

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 Region’s long Range Transportation Plan and Official Plan identify a multi-modal transportation system.

3. What is the process your municipality has put in place to report on the progress of the Plan?

Annual progress report to Regional Council

4. Has your jurisdiction undertaken any pedestrian and cycling counts, if so how did you undertake them? What outcomes resulted from the counts?

  • Intersection turning movements counts that include pedestrian and cyclists;
  • Cordon Count include bicycle counts
  • Transportation Tomorrow Survey
  • Bicycle rack inventory at schools

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?

Long Range Transportation 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?
3 staff

7. Has your jurisdiction considered aging populations in the bicycle and pedestrian plan and if so what resulted from that consideration?

Yes. The vision in the Peel AT Plan is to create a place where walking, cycling and rolling are safe, convenient, appealing and accessible options for all citizens, especially children, youth, older adults, persons with disabilities, and other priority populations

8. Has your jurisdiction considered low-powered vehicles (ex. E-bikes)? If so how are they being integrated?

The area municipal by-law review E-bikes

9. Has your jurisdiction encountered any safety issues such as vandalism? If so how have your addressed them?

10. Is your municipality a Smart Commute employer? If so if and how does that inter-act with the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans?

Yes.Bike Month, Bike Zone, Bike to Work

11. Does your municipality have any pedestrian and bicycling certifications? Bike Friendly Community?

  • Mississauga received Bronze for bicycle friendly community
  • Brampton and Caledon received honourable mention

12. 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. Peel Transportation partner with Peel Health in programs and AT initiatives that promote more physical activities